§ Mr. Dubs
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many places there are in the public galleries of the House; if he will list each person or body that allocates these places; to whom each person or body may allocate these places; and for how many places each such person or body is responsible.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
There are 157 seats in the Strangers' Gallery. Two admission orders for this Gallery are allocated by the Admission Order Office, by rot a, to each Member every nine sitting days, except Fridays. An additional six orders are available in the Admission Order Office for Members, and 11 orders go to staff of the House. Any seats not taken up half an hour after the House meets are filled first by visitors with cards of introduction issued by embassies and high commissions, and then from the public queue.
Applications for admission orders for the meeting of the House on Fridays should be made to the Admission Order Office. These are limited to two per Member and are issued in order of application.