HL Deb 17 July 1998 vol 592 c62WA
Lord Davies of Oldham

asked the Chairman of Committees:

Whether steps are being taken to ensure that bells signalling divisions in the House of Lords are rung in rooms in the House of Commons and in other parliamentary buildings. [HL2598]

The Chairman of Committees

With the introduction of the new annunciator system, steps have already been taken to improve notification of divisions in the Lords. When switched to the House of Commons annunciator channel (and provided the volume is turned up), a division in the Lords should be signalled by a brief bell, together with a flashing red bell in the corner of the screen and notice of the division on the scrolling section of the screen. However, it has so far proved impossible to devise a system which allows for continual ringing of Lords division bells in the Commons but which would not cause undue confusion.