House of Lords Information Committee

People and Parliament Inquiry

The Information Committee is conducting an inquiry into how the House of Lords can improve public understanding of its work and role, and how people would like to interact with the House of Lords and Parliament.

The inquiry Call for Evidence contains more details about the subjects that the Committee is investigating.

YouTube and Web forum

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. Anyone was invited to contribute. The deadline for submissions was 21 May 2009.

Latest news

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 want your views for Lords debate

In the Committee's latest YouTube video, Lord Renton invites views from the public to help inform a short debate in the House of Lords on Tuesday 16 June on what steps the Government is taking to increase the connection between Parliament and the public. Views can be submitted as a video response to Lord Renton's video or as a comment on Lord Renton's post on Lords of the Blog.

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.

Political editors and correspondents appear before Committee

The Committee heard from newspaper political editors and correspondents on Wednesday 6 May, as its inquiry into how the House of Lords can relate better to the public continued. The Committee also heard from Lord Norton of Louth, contributor to the Lords of the Blog.

Committee hears more evidence for People and Parliament Inquiry

The Committee's People and Parliament Inquiry continued on 29 April, when it heard evidence from Alison Williams and Trish McMeekin from Rethink, Lee Shelsher from Essex County Libraries, Chloe Stables from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and from 15 sixth form students from schools in London and the north east of England.

Committee People and Parliament inquiry continues

The Committee held its second public evidence session as part of its People and Parliament Inquiry on 1 April 2009. The Committee heard evidence from David Bowen, Senior Consultant for Bowen Craggs; Ivo Gormley; Ben Hammersley, Deputy Editor of Conde Nast's Wired UK magazine; Tim Hood, CEO of Yoosk and Tom Loosemore, Head of 4IP, Channel 4.

Committee holds first People and Parliament public evidence session

The Committee helds its first public evidence session as part of its People and Parliament Inquiry on 18 March 2009. The Committee heard evidence from the Hansard Society, the UK Youth Parliament and Brent Youth Parliament.

The Information Committee listens to the Hansard Society

The Information Committee listens to the Hansard Society. See the Information Committee: People and Parliament Inquiry Flickr image set