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This website incorporates multimedia content and therefore requires compatible software to be installed on your computer. Specifically, it uses Microsoft Windows Media for both video and audio, with IIS Smooth Streaming alternative available for some meetings.


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Recommended configuration

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To view this website with full functionality we recommend Microsoft Windows XP or later, or Mac OS X 10.4 or later. We will try to support Linux based systems as far as possible, but due to the diversity of distributions support cannot be ensured. We recommend using Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3.6 or Safari 4 as your browser.


If you are on a corporate LAN, you will most likely be behind a firewall (a device which forbids certain traffic from leaving and entering the network). Usually this is not a problem as our software can send the video and audio the same way that web pages are delivered however some organisations prefer to block this from happening. If you are experiencing problems related to this, please contact your system administrator. You may wish to refer them to this useful document about configuring a firewall for unicast Windows Media streaming.


You will need a sound card and speakers or headphones. Most PCs have this capability. If you are unsure, please ask your system administrator.


To view the web site as intended, you will need your screen resolution set to a size of at least 1024 x 768.

It may be possible to view on a smaller screen, but some elements of the page may be initially off screen, and not all content will be visible at once.

To check your current screen resolution, or to change it, please refer to the help for you specific system.

Other Problems?

If you are still having problems related to the video and audio, please look at the Microsoft Windows Media Knowledge Centre

Video and Audio carries live and archived coverage of all UK Parliament proceedings taking place in public, including debates and committee meetings of both Houses. The material is then available from an on-demand archive going back to 1st July 2009. All material parliamentary copyright © 2014-2015.