New Inquiry - Television: Rules of Coverage

09 December 2011

New Inquiry - Television: Rules of Coverage

The Administration Committee will early in 2012 conduct a light-touch review of the rules to “consider the current rules of coverage for the Chamber, Westminster Hall and Committees, and whether any change is required”.

The House of Commons has been broadcast on television since 1989. Rules of coverage were introduced after votes in the House, giving guidelines for the camera operators and the television director on which shots may and may not be used and what may and may not be shown. The rules were last revised in 2003.

The Committee invites any individual or organisation to write to the Clerk of the Administration Committee, House of Commons, London SW1A  0AA, by Monday 30 January 2012.

Individuals or organisations are requested to write (guideline length up to 2,000 words) in a Word-compatible file by e-mail to with a single hard copy in the post.

Submissions must clearly state who is the author is and whether they write as an individual or for an organisation.

Written evidence submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until the Committee has published it.

Further information:
Committee Membership is as follows:

Sir Alan Haselhurst (Chair), Conservative
Rosie Cooper, Labour
Thomas Docherty, Labour
Graham Evans, Conservative
Mr Mark Francois, Conservative
Mark Hunter, Liberal Democrat
Mr Kevan Jones, Labour
Simon Kirby, Conservative
Dr Phillip Lee, Conservative
Nigel Mills, Conservative
Tessa Munt, Liberal Democrat
Sarah Newton, Conservative
Angela Smith, Labour
Mr John Spellar, Labour
Mr Dave Watts, Labour
Mike Weatherley, Conservative  

Media Enquiries: Committee Media Officer: Liz Parratt,, tel: 07917 488978

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