Baroness Royall reveals not all peers are “electronically equipped”

July 10, 2009 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

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The Leader of the House of Lords has spoken of the difficulties of emailing rather than writing to members of the House of Lords.

At the start of business today, Baroness Royall announced that after complains from peers, extra time would be made available to debate the Parliamentary Standards Bill.

“During the Second Reading debate I received a very clear message about the concerns that many noble Lords hold about the Bill and about the timescale on which the Government intend to proceed,” she said.

“I have reflected on the debate and the strong views expressed about the Bill and it is my intention today to table amendments to the Bill which I hope will address those concerns.

“As soon as the amendments are tabled I will write to all noble Lords who took part in that debate explaining those amendments, and I will make copies of my letter available in the Library of the House and the Printed Paper Office.”

Lord Shutt of Greetland said he was “very grateful” for her statement.

“Bearing in mind the difficulties that I understand are occurring with mail delivery, particularly this weekend, could electronic means be used to send the message to noble Lords?” he asked.

Baroness Royall said she would do her utmost “to ensure that all Members who have electronic facilities receive the letter and the attachments by electronic means.”

Former Chancellor Lord Lawson of Blaby asked the Leader of the House “to ensure, with an extra click of the button, that the message goes to all Members, not simply to those who took part in the Second Reading debate.”

Baroness Royall responded she has “absolutely no problem with that, an extra click of the mouse is exactly what I will do.

“However, I know that some Members of the House are not electronically equipped.”

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