HC Deb 23 January 1980 vol 977 cc209-11W
Mr. Dubs

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many seats are available for persons other than hon. Members, Officers of the House and the press in places in the House other than the Strangers' Gallery; 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

Seats in the Peers' Gallery (24) are reserved for Members of the House of Lords, and in the Ambassadors (5) and the Diplomatic (12) Galleries for heads of mission and charges ďaffaires.

Mr. Speaker allocates seats in the Distinguished Strangers' Gallery (7) and in the Speaker's Gallery (8). Seats in the Official Gallery are allocated by the Speaker's Office from a list supplied by 10 Downing Street.

The Serjeant at Arms allocates seats in the Special Galleries—East and West—(48), and in Under the Gallery (6), in the Serjeant at Arms' Gallery (5) and Box (4).

The 13 seats in the Commonwealth Gallery, when not required by high commissioners, are allocated by the Secretary of the United Kingdom Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

The leaflet "Admission to the Galleries", obtainable from the Serjeant at Arms' Office, gives further details on this subject.