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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
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The Senior Deputy Speaker more like this
star this property answering dept id 204 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Senior Deputy Speaker (HoL) more like this
star this property hansard heading Hereditary Peers: By-elections more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what is the overall cost, including the cost to the House Authorities, of the contract to supervise by-elections for hereditary peers; whether that cost is paid annually or per by-election; and whether the cost is dependent on the number of candidates or electors. more like this
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Lord Grocott more like this
unstar this property uin HL11454 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-26more like thismore than 2018-11-26
star this property answer text <p>The costs are paid per by-election. Costs vary according to the number of electors. The current cost of a whole House by-election is £1440; a Labour or Liberal Democrat by-election costs £570, and a Conservative or Crossbench by-election costs £600; all costs are inclusive of VAT. This is in addition to the cost of House of Lords staff time spent organising the by-election which forms part of their normal duties and is not costed separately.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord McFall of Alcluith more like this
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less than 2018-11-26T15:41:39.057Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-26T15:41:39.057Z
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4148
star this property label Biography information for Lord McFall of Alcluith more like this
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276
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Grocott more like this
1006675
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
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The Senior Deputy Speaker more like this
star this property answering dept id 204 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Senior Deputy Speaker (HoL) more like this
star this property hansard heading Hereditary Peers: By-elections more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether arrangements will be made to enable members of the House who wish to observe the count of the votes cast for the hereditary peer by-election scheduled to take place on 27 and 28 November. more like this
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Lord Grocott more like this
unstar this property uin HL11455 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-26more like thismore than 2018-11-26
star this property answer text <p>A member of the relevant party or group is appointed to act as scrutineer at each count, and this will happen on 28 November when the votes (all of which will be cast by post) will be counted. There is no count on 27 November. There are no plans to make further arrangements to enable more members of the House to observe the count of the votes cast.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord McFall of Alcluith more like this
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less than 2018-11-26T15:41:08.923Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-26T15:41:08.923Z
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4148
star this property label Biography information for Lord McFall of Alcluith more like this
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276
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Grocott more like this
1006676
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
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The Senior Deputy Speaker more like this
star this property answering dept id 204 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Senior Deputy Speaker (HoL) more like this
star this property hansard heading Hereditary Peers: By-elections more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether media access will be granted to the count of votes cast for the hereditary peer by-election scheduled to take place on 27 and 28 November. more like this
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Lord Grocott more like this
unstar this property uin HL11456 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-26more like thismore than 2018-11-26
star this property answer text <p>There are no plans to provide for members of the media to be present to witness the count on 28 November. There is no count on 27 November.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord McFall of Alcluith more like this
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less than 2018-11-26T15:39:14.12Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-26T15:39:14.12Z
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4148
star this property label Biography information for Lord McFall of Alcluith more like this
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276
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Grocott more like this
1006677
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
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The Senior Deputy Speaker more like this
star this property answering dept id 204 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Senior Deputy Speaker (HoL) more like this
star this property hansard heading Hereditary Peers: By-elections more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether media access will be granted to the hustings for the hereditary peer by-election scheduled to take place on 20 November. more like this
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Lord Grocott more like this
unstar this property uin HL11457 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-26more like thismore than 2018-11-26
star this property answer text <p>The arrangements for hustings are a matter for the party or group concerned.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord McFall of Alcluith more like this
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less than 2018-11-26T15:40:46.04Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-26T15:40:46.04Z
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4148
star this property label Biography information for Lord McFall of Alcluith more like this
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276
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Grocott more like this
1007913
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
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The Senior Deputy Speaker more like this
star this property answering dept id 204 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Senior Deputy Speaker (HoL) more like this
star this property hansard heading Abingdon Green: Mass Media more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what assessment he has made of the disruption caused by the media’s use of College Green; and what consideration, if any, is being given to the establishment of a permanent media centre elsewhere on the Parliamentary Estate. more like this
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Lord Hylton more like this
unstar this property uin HL11523 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-28more like thismore than 2018-11-28
star this property answer text <p>Abingdon Green is owned by the House of Commons but day to day access is delegated by the Clerk of the House to Black Rod. Current policy is to allow public access to the Green to enable them to pass through on the paths or to use it as a recreational space. Because of the unique views that the Green affords to Parliament, we also allow the media to use the Green for the contemporaneous news reporting of events within Parliament on the basis that this is an important way of communicating to the public the political issues that are taking place. We do not permit protests or campaigning on the Green.</p><p>There are occasions when events in Parliament create exceptional media activity and demand for broadcasting space on the Green. When this occurs, we conduct a careful assessment on whether to prioritise broadcasting over public access and where the balance of public interest lies. Although we prefer to maintain dual use of the Green by public and media, on some occasions we assess that reporting from the Green must be prioritised and that it is necessary to close it to the public for safety reasons. Not to do so would limit the ability of a wide section of the broadcast media, both national, international and radio to provide high quality coverage of unfolding events in Parliament and interview the politicians involved in a secure manner.</p><p>Regarding a permanent media centre, no consideration is currently being given to this. Most media (including broadcast) arrangements are covered through the existing press lobby arrangements. Under this, nominated members of the media are accredited with membership of the Press Gallery and allocated desk space within the House of Commons and given press passes which allow access to the building. This is a long standing arrangement administered by the House of Commons with well understood rules which enables open media access to Parliament to be maintained within manageable levels.</p><p>Additionally, as well as Abingdon Green, there are broadcast points within both Houses which are used by UK domestic broadcasters for the reporting of Parliamentary business.</p><p><strong> </strong></p>
star this property answering member printed Lord McFall of Alcluith more like this
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less than 2018-11-28T13:58:06.72Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-28T13:58:06.72Z
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4148
star this property label Biography information for Lord McFall of Alcluith more like this
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2018
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
1013199
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-23more like thismore than 2018-11-23
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The Senior Deputy Speaker more like this
star this property answering dept id 204 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Senior Deputy Speaker (HoL) more like this
star this property hansard heading House of Lords: Catering more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether House of Lords catering services are subject to food hygiene inspections by Westminster Health Authority; and if so, (1) what Food Hygiene Rating each Lords catering outlet achieved at their most recent inspection, and (2) whether outlets are required to display a Food Hygiene Rating Sticker. more like this
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Lord Storey more like this
unstar this property uin HL11759 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-29more like thismore than 2018-11-29
star this property answer text <p>The Senior Deputy Speaker has asked me, as Chairman of the Services Committee, to respond on his behalf.</p><p>As registered food premises, the House of Lords catering facilities are subject to inspections from Westminster City Council (WCC). At the last inspection in November 2017, the Environmental Health Officer from WCC Food Safety Team awarded the highest rating of 5 for all House of Lords catering outlets in the Palace of Westminster; Millbank House facilities were inspected in November 2016 and also received a 5 rating. It is a recommendation but not a legal requirement to display the food hygiene rating sticker. The House of Lords rating stickers are currently displayed in the River Restaurant and Millbank House Cafeteria.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Laming more like this
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less than 2018-11-29T11:48:49.817Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-29T11:48:49.817Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Laming more like this
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4238
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Storey more like this
1014643
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-26more like thismore than 2018-11-26
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Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property answering dept id 92 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
star this property hansard heading Peers: Correspondence more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Leader of the House whether there is a protocol relating to whether letters to ministers from members of the House of Lords should receive replies; and if so, how quickly replies should be sent. more like this
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Lord Greaves more like this
unstar this property uin HL11781 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-10more like thismore than 2018-12-10
star this property answer text <p>The Government recognises the importance of effective and timely handling of correspondence with members of the House of Lords. Government departments should aim to provide a substantive response to routine correspondence within a maximum of 20 working days. However, sometimes circumstances dictate that it will not be possible to provide a response within this timeframe. In such instances, departments are advised to issue a ‘holding’ response until a more substantive response can be provided.</p><p>The Cabinet Office publishes an annual report detailing departmental performance in the handling of correspondence from members of both Houses. Lord Young of Cookham set out the 2017 performance figures in a Written Statement on 26 June 2018 (HLWS771). The 2018 performance figures will be published in summer 2019.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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less than 2018-12-10T16:30:31.02Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-10T16:30:31.02Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
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2569
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Greaves more like this
1017057
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star this property date less than 2018-11-28more like thismore than 2018-11-28
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The Senior Deputy Speaker more like this
star this property answering dept id 204 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Senior Deputy Speaker (HoL) more like this
star this property hansard heading Hereditary Peers: By-elections more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to the Written Answers by the Chairman of Committees (Lord Laming) on 12 May 2016 (HL8153) and the Senior Deputy Speaker (Lord McFall of Alcluith) on 26 November (HL11454), why the cost of a Liberal Democrat hereditary peers' by-election, payable to Electoral Reform Services, has risen from £300 to £570. more like this
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Lord Grocott more like this
unstar this property uin HL11902 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-12more like thismore than 2018-12-12
star this property answer text <p>The costs differ as, exceptionally, Electoral Reform Services were not involved in the print and distribution of the voting packs for the Liberal Democrat by-election in 2016. On that occasion, these tasks were handled by a member of House staff. The £570 figure quoted is from the successful tender submitted by Electoral Reform Services whom we expect to carry out all functions in future by-elections.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord McFall of Alcluith more like this
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less than 2018-12-12T13:35:18.787Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-12T13:35:18.787Z
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4148
star this property label Biography information for Lord McFall of Alcluith more like this
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276
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Grocott more like this
1019270
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-12-03more like thismore than 2018-12-03
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The Senior Deputy Speaker more like this
star this property answering dept id 204 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Senior Deputy Speaker (HoL) more like this
star this property hansard heading Bills: Parliamentary Scrutiny more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to the Government’s response to the report of the Constitution Committee, Parliament and the Legislative Process, published on 20 April 2005 (HL Paper 114), whether the Procedure Committee will consider the recommendation that bills should normally be committed after Second Reading to a committee empowered to take evidence. more like this
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
unstar this property uin HL11959 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-18more like thismore than 2018-12-18
star this property answer text <p>In 2005, when it responded to the Constitution Committee’s report, Parliament and the Legislative Process, the Government was “not convinced that it would be appropriate to commit all bills which have not been scrutinised in draft to an evidence-taking committee after Second Reading but we are ready to consider this option in exceptional circumstances (and have done in the past).” <br> <br>I am aware that the idea that bills should normally be committed after Second Reading to a committee empowered to take evidence is under fresh consideration by the Constitution Committee as part of its current inquiry on the legislative process, stage 2 of which is covering the passage of legislation through Parliament. Written and oral evidence received as part of that inquiry is available here - https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/constitution-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/legislative-process/. I am looking forward to the Committee’s report and any recommendations it might make on this and other matters. The Procedure Committee will give it due consideration then.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord McFall of Alcluith more like this
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less than 2018-12-18T12:58:07.843Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-18T12:58:07.843Z
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4148
star this property label Biography information for Lord McFall of Alcluith more like this
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2024
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
1020039
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star this property date less than 2018-12-04more like thismore than 2018-12-04
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The Senior Deputy Speaker more like this
star this property answering dept id 204 more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Senior Deputy Speaker (HoL) more like this
star this property hansard heading Palace of Westminster: Fire Regulations more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what assessment he has made of the impact of the manual fire safety call points on the visual appearance of the Palace of Westminster; and what consideration was given to alternative means of advertising call points and fire safety instructions in keeping with the heritage of the Palace. more like this
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Lord Blencathra more like this
unstar this property uin HL12014 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-18more like thismore than 2018-12-18
star this property answer text <p>The Senior Deputy Speaker has asked me, as Chairman of the Services Committee, to respond on his behalf.</p><p>The “totem” manual fire safety call points are designed for highly significant interiors within the Palace, where fixing escape signs and manual call points to the historic fabric is not acceptable. Following consultation with Historic England, it was agreed that free standing signage was the best option in those spaces, to reduce physical impact on the Palace.</p><p>The patinated brass finish used in the frame was chosen to blend in with the timber joinery and reference the Victorian brass fittings found throughout the Palace. The colours used for the signage differ slightly from the British Standards; the colours were chosen to minimise the visual impact on interiors, whilst remaining legible to direct people in the case of an emergency.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Laming more like this
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less than 2018-12-18T14:17:22.723Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-18T14:17:22.723Z
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2079
star this property label Biography information for Lord Laming more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Blencathra more like this