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Administration and Works Committee

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

The Administration and Works Committee considered at its meeting yesterday rules on the use of mobile phones by Members and a proposal to provide annunciator screens in the Chamber.

The Committee agreed that the following rules should apply to the use of mobile phones in the House:

Mobile phones must continue to be silent in:

The Chamber;

The Prince's Chamber and Peers' Lobby;

Division Lobbies during Divisions;

The Moses Room;

The Library, the Salisbury Room and the Writing Room;

All Committee Rooms while committees are sitting;

All bars and restaurants.

Mobile phones may be used with discretion in all other parts of the House.

The Committee also agreed that annunciator screens should be experimentally provided in the Chamber to assist Members during debate. The two large screens erected for State Opening on the walls above the galleries on either side of the throne will be used for a trial period of one month. Feedback on the utility of these screens will be sought through the usual channels.