Use of hand-held electronic devices in the Chamber and committees - Procedure Committee Contents


The House of Commons last revised its rules on the use of electronic hand-held devices in the Chamber and in committee in October 2007. Since that time the use of technology and the development of smaller and less obtrusive devices and new applications and facilities have developed rapidly. We recommend that the House agree the following resolution to replace that of 25 October 2007:

That hand-held electronic devices (not laptops) may be used in the Chamber, provided that they are silent, and used in a way that does not impair decorum; that Members making speeches in the Chamber or in committee may refer to electronic devices in place of paper speaking notes; and that electronic devices, including laptops, may be used silently in committee meetings, including select committees.

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