Results 121–140 of 2957 for speaker:Stuart Bell

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Early-day Motions (26 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: The cost of publishing early-day motions, including printing, staff time and technical support, was approximately £1 million in the financial year 2009-10. Printing alone accounts for some £776,000.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Early-day Motions (26 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his remarks, and he will be happy to know that from the start of this parliamentary Session older EDMs have not been reprinted weekly, saving 2.5 million sheets of paper and up to £300,000 in printing costs per year.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Early-day Motions (26 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend, but I cannot add to the points made by the Deputy Leader of the House and the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, the hon. Member for Forest of Dean (Mr Harper). As my right hon. Friend will no doubt know, this is a matter for the Procedure Committee or the Backbench Business Committee.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Early-day Motions (26 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: That is an interesting point. In 2007 the Procedure Committee said there should be no electronic tabling of EDMs without stronger authentication than that in place for questions.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Early-day Motions (26 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: My hon. Friend asks why. The Procedure Committee said there should not be such electronic tabling unless "significantly stronger authentication than is currently required for parliamentary questions can be guaranteed". The Procedure Committee went on to say that it cannot therefore "recommend the introduction of e-tabling for EDMs." I am happy to answer the hon. Gentleman's question, and my...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Running Costs (26 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: The Commission will seek the view of Members in the normal way through the Finance and Services Committee and the Administration Committee. I am pleased to see on today's Order Paper the submission of names to the will of the House for both those Committees. The Commission will also welcome the submission of views from individual Members, which should be sent to the secretary of the Commission.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Running Costs (26 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his question. On the cuts in the Select Committee budgets, I am afraid that we are not able in this House to distinguish between one set of expenditure and another. The cuts announced recently are for this year only and are in response to the general financial stringency being applied to the public sector in the current year. Following scrutiny by the...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Procurement Policy (26 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: The House Administration ensures, when tendering and awarding its contracts, that suppliers give evidence that they will apply best practice in terms of both ethical practice and environmental sustainability. The House's standard form of contract includes terms covering the environment and human rights, making failure to comply a breach of contract and grounds to terminate. Purchasing is...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Palace of Westminster and 7 Millbank: Wifi (26 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: Wifi is available in 75 locations across the Estate including all committee rooms and meeting rooms that are bookable by Members as well as other communal areas such as the Portcullis House Atrium and the Members Library. Access to the Parliamentary Network for parliamentary users and guest wifi to the internet is available in all these locations. There are no current plans to extend wifi in...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Select Committees: Transcription Services (26 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: The House of Commons and House of Lords jointly have conducted public sector procurement exercises for Select Committee and Private Bill Committee transcription services periodically in the last decade. (Public Bill Committees have always been transcribed directly by the Official Report ( Hansard).) Competitions for contracts beginning in 2002 and 2007 were won by W B Gurney's, a private...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Television: Subtitles (26 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: Subtitling is a matter for individual broadcasters. The Commission has no plans to discuss the issue, but the hon. Member may wish to raise it with the broadcasters himself.

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: PIMS: Internet (22 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: Currently, when the answer to a parliamentary question contains a web link the PIMS record includes the text of that link but it is not an active hyperlink. Instead the PIMS record links to the question as it appears in Hansard on the website, where any URLs or web links contained in the answer are enabled. A programme of work is under way to replace the PIMS system when it reaches the end...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Capital Expenditure (21 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: Those schemes in excess of £100,000 which commenced in each of the financial years were: 2008-09 Capital schemes Refurbishment of Library accommodation in Norman Shaw North building; Refurbishment of toilets in Palace of Westminster centre curtain area; Conversion of lift in Norman Shaw North building to evacuation lift; Mechanical and electrical services modernisation in the Palace of...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Early Day Motions (20 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: The latest estimate of the annual cost of administering early day motions, set out in the recent answer to the hon. Member for Hartlepool ( 14 June 2010), was approximately £1 million in financial year 2009-10. This included printing and publication, staff time and technical support. Figures for previous years are not readily available but there is no reason to suppose that that they have...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: House of Commons Commission: Finance (20 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: The Commission initially discussed and agreed a resource estimate for 2010-11 on 14 December 2009. It also decided to cut House expenditure by 9% by the end of 2012-13, and in addition to absorb the cost of inflation. In the light of current economic circumstances, the Commission reconsidered the proposed 2010-11 Estimate on 7 June and 21 June 2010, and announced a reduction in its 2010-11...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: House of Commons: Parking (20 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: As part of the fire safety programme a safety issue was identified in the underground car park and it was decided to install, as soon as practicable, equipment to monitor Carbon Monoxide levels. The installation is now complete.

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Nurseries (20 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: To date 16 people have expressed a firm interest in a total of 17 nursery places, broken down as follows: (a) hon. Members: six places; (b) hon. Members' staff: four places; (c) staff of the House or PICT (the only others who work on the parliamentary estate who are entitled to apply): seven places. Expressions of firm interest have been accepted since June. Once the nursery is registered...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Food: Waste (19 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: The cost of food waste for the latest period for which records are available, from April 2009 to March 2010, is estimated to be some £70,000, or approximately 4% of food cost. This is within industry norms.

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: House of Commons: Buildings (19 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: The railings in New Palace Yard were originally planned to be painted during the summer recess, but this non-disruptive work has been brought forward in view of the shortened time now available. Other maintenance tasks in the area, which would disrupt business, will take place over the recess.

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: House of Commons: Parking (19 Jul 2010)

Stuart Bell: This programme is due to start in early 2012 and is scheduled for completion in late 2013. The programme requires a detailed survey, design and procurement processes before commencement. The programme will be managed to ensure minimum impact on the users.


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