House of Lords: Dress Code

House of Lords written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of Lord Trefgarne Lord Trefgarne Conservative

To ask the Chairman of Committees whether he is satisfied with the observance of the rules relating to dress in the Peers' Guest Room, the Peers' Dining Room and the Barry Room.

Photo of Lord Sewel Lord Sewel Chair, Administration and Works Committee (Lords), Chair, Freedom of Information Advisory Panel (Lords), 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, Accommodation Steering Group Committee, Chair, Sub-Committee on Leave of Absence, Chairman of Committees, House of Lords, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

The dress code for these outlets, as set out in the handbook on facilities and services for Members, is as follows:

"In the Peers' Dining and Guest Dining Rooms, the Guest Room and the Barry Room, men are required to wear a jacket and tie. Women and children should be appropriately dressed".

Managers within each outlet do advise Members of the code, but adherence to the code is a matter for Members themselves. I intend to put this matter before the Refreshment Committee in due course, so that they may consider the appropriateness of the rules.

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