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House of Lords: Captioning

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 30 January 2007

asked the Chairman of Committees:

What steps are being taken to extend the provision of captioning facilities within the Chamber of the House of Lords in order to assist Members and visitors with hearing difficulties. [HL1666]

Following a request from a Member, one Palantype machine has been installed in the Chamber. There are no plans to install additional machines as no further requests have been received. Members can access an enhanced sound feed in the Chamber by plugging an earphone into equipment installed in the benches. Earphones are available from the Doorkeepers. A hearing aid induction loop is also available in the Chamber for use by both Members and visitors.