HL Deb 22 January 1985 vol 459 cc111-2
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Aberdare)

My Lords, with the leave of the House, I should like to make a brief Statement on one aspect of tomorrow's televising of the proceedings of the House. At its meeting before the Christmas Recess, the Select Committee on televising the proceedings of the House agreed that exceptionally on the first day of the experiment two still photographers should be allowed into the House in order to take photographs for the press. They will be present for the first hour only of tomorrow's proceedings. One will be in the South-West Gallery (that is the one immediately to the right of the Throne as we look at it) and the other in the North-East Gallery (that is the one over my right shoulder, next to the Press Gallery). The photographers will be from The Times, and instructions have been given to them that they are to rely only on the level of light in the Chamber; they are not to use flash equipment, nor cameras with automatic winders.

Perhaps it will be convenient if I take this opportunity also to inform your Lordships that I have arranged for the television set in the Moses Room to be available for watching BBC channels tomorrow and the set in the television room on the Committee Corridor to be available for Channel 4 and ITV. I have already put up notices giving the broadcasting schedules in the Prince's Chamber and on the board near the ticker-tape machine.

Lord Taylor of Blackburn

My Lords, may I ask the Chairman of Committees—and perhaps I am using this opportunity to inquire of the Government Chief Whip and the Opposition Chief Whip—to state what criteria will be chosen tomorrow for people participating in the debate?

Lord Denham

My Lords, there will be the normal speakers' list arranged through the usual channels, and of course Question Time will precede that. I very much hope, and I am sure that the whole House hopes, that tomorrow's business will be treated in exactly the same way as on a normal day. I think that that will give a fair showing to the country at large of what goes on in this House.

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