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Volume 403: debated on Thursday 10 April 2003

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To ask the Chairman of the Information Committee what progress has been made in providing access for (a) hon. Members and (b) the general public to a comprehensive list of Members who have entered the House since 1979. [108437]

The House of Commons Information Office provides a range of basic information about Members of Parliament on the Parliament website http://www.parliament.uk/directories/directories.cfm including lists of Members by party and geographical area and the composition of the House by sex. Work has recently been undertaken to extend the database from which these lists are drawn to provide limited biographical information and details of the parliamentary careers of all those who have been Members of the House of Commons since May 1979. An early version of the database, which is not yet complete, is available to Members on the Parliamentary Intranet at http://hcll.hclibrary.parliament.uk/sections/hcio/members/mpssince 79.htmOnce work on checking and correcting the entries is complete, the Library will consider how this information can best be published in both electronic and paper formats.