Parliamentary Recording Unit

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 21st January 2008.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Liberal Democrat, East Dunbartonshire

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what guidance it issues on posting material provided by the Parliamentary Recording Unit on external websites.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

Members may obtain parliamentary material for use on their own parliamentary websites subject to the following conditions.

1. The permission is restricted to use of recordings of proceedings on a Member's own parliamentary website (and not on any searchable third party hosting website).

2. A Member may only use material which features the Member, any reply from a Minister to a question asked by the Member, and any other contributions to the debate on an issue raised by the Member.

3. The recording will be supplied by the Parliamentary Recording Unit watermarked with a portcullis logo to show its origin and discourage its unauthorised use by others. The Member will be asked to acknowledge Parliamentary Copyright on his/her site and ensure the material is not downloadable.

The original webcasting licence from the Speaker and PARBUL was renewed in June 2006, and this permitted the use of the clean feed of proceedings to be used in a live webcast maintained or operated by the House of Commons. It specifically stated that the clean feed shall not be passed to any other person.

Following representations from Members, the licence was varied so the above guidelines could be adopted. This variance was noted by the Administration Committee on 12 December 2006.

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