§ 2.55 p.m.
§ Order of the Day read for the consideration of the Second Report from the Select Committee.
§ The Committee reported as follows:
1.—PICTURE OF THE HOUSE IN SESSION
The Committee were informed that the picture of the House in session has been completed and is now exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
The Committee decided that a reproduction of the picture should be produced and referred the matter for implementation to the Sub-Committee on the picture.
A report from the Sub-Committee on Library for the year 1963 was laid before Committee; also a recommendation from Sub-Committee regarding provision of an conditioned basement store, with which Committee agreed.
The Committee recommend that Peers who have received a Writ of Summons and taken the Oath and have subsequently disclaimed their Peerages for life shall, so long as they are members of the House of Commons, be allowed to use the Library, the Dining Room and the Guest Room of the House of Lords, and shall be entitled to make reservations in the Dining Room and the Cholmondeley Room.
The Committee were informed of the resignation of Miss M. Riddell, Superintendent of the Refreshment Department, who will be leaving in July, and of the appointment of Miss Sheila R. Wilson in her place.
5.—HOUSE OF LORDS' ESTIMATES
The Committee appointed Lord Shepherd in the place of the late Earl of Lucan to the Sub-Committee on the Estimates.
The Clerk of the Parliaments informed the Committee of the following appointments:—
7.—OFFICIAL SHORTHAND WRITER
The Committee were informed of the negotiations with the Treasury in regard to the remuneration of the Official Shorthand Writer.
8.—HOUSE OF LORDS' APPEALS
The Committee authorised an increase in the charge for the employment of outside typing assistance for the Lords of Appeal.
9.—REVISED SCALES OF PAY
The Committee sanctioned the application of the following Establishments Circulars:—
10.—LORD GREAT CHAMBERLAIN'S DEPARTMENT
The Committee approved a revision of the conditions of service of the Custodian staff and the appointment of four additional Custodians. The Committee also authorised a
revised scale of salary for the Staff Superintendent, with effect from 1st April, 1964.
The Committee approved a Supplementary Estimate for the year 1963–64.
12.—PALACE OF WESTMINSTER
The Committee sanctioned the payment for additional Police required for the opening of the Palace of Westminster to the public for a further day in each week during the Easter and Whitsun recesses.
The Committee sanctioned the payment of the following awards under the Superannuation Acts:—
THE CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEES (LORD MERTHYR)
My Lords, I beg to move That this Report be now considered.
§ Moved accordingly, and, on Question, Motion agreed to.
My Lords, if there are any questions that any noble Lord would like to ask I will do my best to answer them. I do not think there are any particular points to which I ought to draw the attention of the House. I beg to move that the Report be agreed to.
§ Moved, That the Report be agreed to.—(Lord Merthyr.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to.