House of Lords Information Committee

The Information Committee is one of the five domestic committees of the House of Lords. The Committee considers the House's information and communications services, including the Library and Parliamentary Archives, within the strategic framework and financial limits approved by the House Committee. The Committee has 13 members and normally meets approximately six times a year. The Committee considers current levels of services and makes recommendations for change.

Among the services that the Information Committee is concerned with are

Information services for Members, including ICT services, library services and Hansard
Public information about the House and its work, including outreach
Bicameral services, including the parliamentary website, parliamentary outreach, visitor services, the education service and the broadcasting of parliamentary proceedings, and
The Parliamentary Archives.

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Latest news

Committee publishes Annual Report

The Information Committee published its Annual Report on 12 November 2009.

Government responds to Committee report

The Information Committee has received the Government's response to its report, Are the Lords listening? Creating connections between people and Parliament.

Committee publishes report

The Information Committee published its report from the People and Parliament Inquiry on Wednesday 15 July 2009.

Committee Members take part in Lords debate

Members of the Information Committee took part in a debate in the Lords Chamber on 'increasing the connection between Parliament and the public' on 16 June, building on their findings from the 'People and Parliament' Inquiry and the comments submitted by members of the public in response to the Committee's recent YouTube video.

Committee question UK broadcasters

The Committee heard evidence from broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky News on 3 June.

The Committee have posted a YouTube video in which Lord Taylor of Warwick discusses the Committee's evidence session with broadcasters.

Committee hears from Minister

Tom Watson MP, Minister for Digital Engagement and Civil Service Issues, Cabinet Office, gave evidence to the People and Parliament Inquiry on 20 May 2009.

The Committee have posted a YouTube video in which Lord Puttnam discusses the evidence session with former Minister for Digital Engagement and Civil Service Issues, Tom Watson MP.

Students have their say in YouTube video

The Committee have posted a YouTube video in which sixth-form students from schools in London and the north-east of England who spoke to the Committee on 29 April give their views on the issues raised by the inquiry.

Committee invite responses to inquiry via YouTube

The Committee posted a YouTube video, introduced by Chairman Lord Renton, that invited people to participate in the People and Parliament Inquiry, via the Committee's web forum and via video response. Lord Renton will respond to the most popular/interesting ideas submitted by the YouTube community. The deadline for submissions was 21 May 2009.

Chairman records podcast on Parliament's services for the public

Lord Renton of Mount Harry, Chairman of the Information Committee, talks about the information services Parliament and the House of Lords provide for the public.