The Lord Speaker, Baroness D'Souza, opened a four-day conference for parliamentary reporters from the Parliaments and Assemblies across Great Britain and Ireland yesterday (Tuesday 30 July).
The conference began with a reception held in the River Room at which the Lord Speaker gave a brief welcome speech to all delegates attending.
Lords Hansard is hosting this year's conference with highlights including a talk from Lord Davies of Oldham, a seminar on voice-recognition technology and an account of the training programme that Commons Hansard run with City University. Delegates will also enjoy tours of the Palace of Westminster and of Dickens’ London – Charles Dickens was a reporter in the House of Commons in the 1830s.
The British-Irish Parliamentary Reporting Association (BIPRA), was established in 2001. The organisation's aims include promoting best practice and professionalism among staff of the official reports from the Parliaments and Assemblies across Great Britain and Ireland.
As well as both Houses of Parliament at Westminster, BIPRA's members include the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, Belfast's Northern Ireland Assembly, the Oireachtas in Dublin and the island legislatures of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
Image: House of Lords 2013/Photography by Colin Whyman