Speaker lifts ban on cub scouts in Westminster Hall

July 8, 2009 at 5:01 pm Leave a comment

The Speaker of the House of Commons has given permission for a group of 100 cub scouts to lobby MPs in Westminster Hall.

A booking for next week was cancelled by the Commons authorities on the grounds that the cub scouts, aged between eight and 11 years old, were not old enough to vote.

The cubs wanted to lobby MPs about changes to the way water companies charge Scout Groups in England and Wales for the disposal of rainwater.

Today a spokesman for the Speaker said:

“The issue of the cub scouts and Westminster Hall raised by Martin Salter MP, Stephen Pound MP and Julian Brazier MP has been drawn to the attention of the Speaker and Serjeant-at-Arms.

“The Speaker welcomes the visit by the cub scouts to the House of Commons on July 15 and has given permission to allow the cub scouts to meet MPs in Westminster Hall.”

In the past, organisations like Scout Groups and places of worship have not been charged for the surface water which runs into sewers.

Groups have reported an increase in water costs of between £60 and £600 a year due to changes in water charging.

This represents between 1% and 25% of their overall budgets, according to the Scout Association.

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