HL Deb 12 January 1998 vol 584 c147WA
Lord Mason of Barnsley

asked the Chairman of Committees:

Which types of publications from the Daily List produced by The Stationery Officer peers are entitled to free of charge, including parliamentary papers; and at what cost level are peers likely to be charged for those publications which they are not entitled to receive free of charge.

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham)

TheCompanion to the Standing Orders states that Lords are entitled to draw free of charge from the Printed Paper Office (a) current parliamentary papers and (b) other publications that "they clearly require in order to discharge their parliamentary duties" (page 58).

Parliamentary papers are those presented by Command, laid pursuant to Act, statutory instrument or measure, or printed to an order of either House, and other working papers of the House, including the Minutes of Proceedings and Lords and Commons Hansard.

Lords may also obtain free of charge non-parliamentary government papers or other publications (whether they are published by The Stationery Office or not), provided that they can show that they require them for the discharge of their parliamentary duties. Peers must pay the normal price for publications which they are not entitled to receive free of charge, which can, if published by The Stationery Office, be purchased from the Parliamentary Bookshop.