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Commons Knowledge

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many copies of “Commons Knowledge” are produced each week; at what cost; how (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public can (i) obtain copies and (ii) be added to a circulation list; and if he will make a statement. (89676)

“Commons Knowledge” is a weekly newsletter setting out the forthcoming business of the House and is primarily designed for visitors to Parliament. It was initiated in response to a recommendation of the Modernisation Committee and endorsed by the House of Commons Commission.

Approximately 450 copies are produced each week, at a cost of £94 (or 21p per copy), and distributed to key public access locations such as Central Lobby, the Public Gallery, the Committee Corridor, the Parliamentary Bookshop and the Press Gallery. Members of the public can also access an electronic version which is published on the parliamentary website in PDF format. In addition, users of the website can subscribe to an email alert service that will notify them of changes to selected aspects of the website, including “Commons Knowledge”.

From the start of the next Session, “Commons Knowledge” will change its name to “This Week’s Business” and copies will be made available from the Vote Office for the convenience of Members.