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House of Lords: Police Access

Volume 707: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

Statement

At my request, the Clerk of the Parliaments has prepared a paper setting out the current position in respect of police access to the precincts of the House of Lords for the purpose of searching a Member's office.

I have today placed the Clerk of the Parliaments’s paper in the Library of the House and copies are available in the Printed Paper Office. I believe that this report is a full and useful analysis of the current position, which I hope will provide clarity to Members.

Annexed to the paper is a draft protocol for the House of Lords on the execution of a police search in the precincts of the House, which is in similar terms to an interim protocol which the Speaker of the House of Commons has issued for comment in the Commons.

I would welcome views which Members may have on the draft protocol set out in annexe B to the paper by the end of February.