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House of Lords: Hansard

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Jopling Lord Jopling Conservative

To ask the Chairman of Committees whether, in view of the termination of daily deliveries of the Official Report and House of Lords Business to Members' homes, he has had discussions about delivering those documents on a daily basis either to Members' desks or to their pigeon hole along with their mail.

Photo of Lord Brabazon of Tara Lord Brabazon of Tara Chair, Hybrid Instruments Committee (Lords), Chair, Liaison Committee (Lords), Chair, Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords), Chair, Procedure Committee (Lords), Chair, Refreshment Committee (Lords), Chair, Committee of Selection (Lords), Chair, Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee (Lords), Chair, Sub-Committee on Leave of Absence, Chairman of Committees, House of Lords, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

No, I have not had any discussions regarding this. However, I understand that the Attendants have, in exceptional cases, arranged for Members who do not have papers sent to their homes to have their papers delivered to their desks. The proposal to stop daily deliveries to Members was originally agreed in principle by the House Committee, subsequently approved by the Administration and Works Committee in January 2011, and then implemented at the beginning of May. It is expected to yield an annual saving to the House of Lords of approximately £100,000.

Printed copies of the previous day's Official Report and House of Lords Business are available in the Printed Paper Office from 8 am during sitting periods, and electronic versions are published online by 6 am. Members are also entitled to have business papers sent to them via Royal Mail first class, although these are not posted until the morning of publication, so they will not be received by Members the same day.

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