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House Of Lords: Staff

Volume 591: debated on Thursday 2 July 1998

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asked the Chairman of Committees:Whether he will produce a table showing the numbers of House of Lords staff in each department and the extent to which these staff have face-to-face contact with Lords as part of their job. [HL2370]

I have set out the staff numbers for each department as follows:

  • Accountant's Office 10
  • Black Rod's Department 85
  • Clerk of the Parliaments' Office 9
  • Committee Office 23
  • Computer Office 6
  • Establishment Office 9
  • Hansard 36
  • Journal Office (including Printed Paper Office and Information Office) 17
  • Judicial Office (including Law Lords' Office) 15
  • Legislation Office 11
  • Library 19
  • Record Office 9
  • Refreshment Department 85.5
In the Legislation Office, the Computer Office, the Judicial Office and the Committee Office, all staff have regular face-to-face contact with Lords as part of their job.All staff in Black Rod's Department except the 42 part-time housemaids have regular face-to-face contact with Lords. In the Refreshment Department, face-to-face contact with Lords varies, although all management and waiting staff have such contact.All but three of the staff in the Clerk of the Parliaments' Office, most of the staff in the Library and the Journal Office and about half of the staff of Hansard have regular face-to-face contact with Lords.In the Accountant's Office, only the Accountant and Peers' expenses staff have face-to-face contact with Lords. In the Establishment Office only the Establishment Officer has such contact, while in the Records Office such contact is limited.