Washminster

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Washminster

Monday, 7 June 2010

Who's down to speak in the Lords?

Government whips clearly have a responsibility for organising the members of their own party. There are also responsibilities to the House as a whole. This is particularly true in the House of Lords. There are two offices in the Palace of Westminster. One side of the corridor contains the desks of the Government Whips themselves [the Chief & Deputy Chief Whip have their own offices]. Across the corridor is an office staffed b the officials. Members from all parties pop in to obtain information and to put their names down to speak in debates.

This 'non-partisan' function of the Lords' Government whips can now be seen on the internet. It can be accessed here. On the left hand column you can see links to various sources of information.
To find out who is down to speak in a forthcoming debate, go to "Speakers List" - before the debate starts the order of speeches is published at "Today's List/ Business"

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