To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, as representing the House of Commons Commission, for what reasons the House of Commons telephone directories have not yet been updated to show the names and numbers of the Ministers currently in office; and when he expects the information to be updated.
Responsibility for the production of the House of Commons telephone directory lies with the Serjeant at Arms. After a general election it is necessary to formulate completely new sections of the directory covering hon. Members and their staff and including ministerial appointments. In the interests of accuracy, it is not possible to produce new sections of the directory until the allocation of accommodation and telephone lines has been virtually completed. The information is now being printed and completed directories will be issued by 13 July.