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Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what legal advice the Serjeant at Arms sought in the period between her two meetings with the police, on 26 and 27 November; and from whom she sought that advice. (241388)

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission which hon. Members have (a) had materials from their place of work taken from the Parliamentary Estate by the police and (b) had computer files read (i) on and (ii) off the Estate by the police in the last 10 years. (241392)

This is not a matter for the Commission. The House has decided to set up a Committee to review this matter.

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission on what terms an hon. Member occupies office accommodation granted by the House; which officers of the House are authorised to grant access to the offices of hon. Members under the terms of Code of Practice B issued under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984; and if he will make a statement. (241440)

The House provides office accommodation and facilities to help hon. Members carry out their parliamentary duties effectively.

Access to the offices of hon. Members by the police is not a matter for the Commission. However the matter is covered in Mr. Speaker’s protocol sent to individual hon. Members.

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission which House officials are authorised to grant a request from the police for access to (a) the Parliamentary Data and Video Network (PDVN), (b) PDVN email accounts and (c) PDVN shared drives containing data belonging to hon. Members. (241987)

This is not a matter for the Commission. However the matter is covered in Mr. Speaker’s protocol sent to individual hon. Members and in Mr. Speaker’s statement today.

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the House authorities require a search warrant to be issued in support of a police request for access to (a) the Parliamentary Data and Video Network (PDVN), (b) PDVN email accounts and (c) PDVN shared drives containing data belonging to hon. Members; and what factors the House authorities take into account in reaching a decision on granting access. (241988)

This is not a matter for the Commission. However the matter is covered in Mr. Speaker’s protocol sent to individual hon. Members and in Mr. Speaker’s statement today.

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether access to (a) the Parliamentary Data and Video Network (PDVN), (b) PDVN email facilities and (c) PDVN shared drives containing data belonging to hon., Members, was granted to the Metropolitan Police as part of their search of the premises and property of the hon. Member for Ashford to the extent of (i) data belonging to the hon. Member for Ashford and (ii) data belonging to other hon. Members; in each case whether such access was supported by a search warrant; and what factors House authorities took into account in reaching a decision on such access. (241989)

This is not a matter for the Commission. However, the matter is covered in Mr. Speaker’s statement today.