House of Lords: Chamber

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th March 2013.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask the Chairman of Committees what plans there are to improve the acoustics of the area below the Bar of the Chamber occupied by members of the House.

Photo of Lord Sewel Lord Sewel 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 and Privileges Committee, 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), Chair, Hybrid Instruments Committee (Lords), Chair, Liaison Committee (Lords), Chair, Procedure and Privileges Committee, Chair, Committee of Selection (Lords), Chair, Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee (Lords), Chair, Administration and Works Committee (Lords), Chair, Administration and Works Committee (Lords), Chair, Administration and Works Committee (Lords), Chair, Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords), Chair, Refreshment Committee (Lords)

There are no immediate plans to carry out any work affecting the acoustics below Bar. The Parliamentary Estates Directorate is currently conducting a feasibility study to assess whether to update the sound system in the Chamber. If the sound system is replaced then more modern microphones and loudspeakers may help to improve the sound for Members below Bar. However, this work is purely at a scoping stage at the moment, and it is not likely that any work will be undertaken in the near future.

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