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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.
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.