HL Deb 09 January 2002 vol 630 cc110-1WA
Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn

asked the Chairman of Committees:

How the pilot project to "webcast" parliamentary proceedings on the Internet may be viewed within the parliamentary estate. [HL2230]

The Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara)

The House of Commons and House of Lords are starting to "webcast" coverage of some debates on the Internet. This is a pilot project, to be assessed at the end of 2002, aimed at making the work of Parliament more accessible to people unable to visit Westminster. The webcasts largely duplicate the coverage already available on the internal Annunciator system and in this test environment, during the pilot project, they will not be accessible via the Parliamentary Data and Video Network (PDVN). However, from next week viewing facilities will be available in the Queen's Room in the Library and, I understand, in the e-library of the House of Commons.