APPENDIX B: RULES FOR THE ADMISSION OF
(a) Pursuant to SO 13 and as Agent of the Administration
and Works Committee, Black Rod is responsible for security in,
and control of access to, the precincts of the House as defined
in (b) below in respect both of persons and of vehicles, whether
or not the House is sitting.
(b) For the purposes of the interpretation of
SO 13 and these Rules, the "precincts of the House"
comprise all that area of the Palace of Westminster control of
which was vested by the Queen in the Speaker of the House of Lords,
with effect from 26 April 1965, as well as all other areas under
the control of the House.
(c) Before admission to the galleries of the
House visitors may be required:
(i) to sign an undertaking to abstain from making
interruption or disturbance and to obey the rules for the maintenance
of good order in the galleries;
(ii) to deposit in the appropriate cloakroom
all cameras, tape recorders, electronic devices, binoculars, umbrellas
and walking sticks, parcels, packages, cases and bags other than
ladies' handbags; and
(iii) to open for inspection at the request of
Black Rod, or of the staff under his control, any parcel, package,
case or bag, including ladies' handbags, which a visitor may bring
into the precincts.
(d) In the galleries visitors are not permitted
to read books or papers other than the papers of the House, draw
or write (except in the south-west gallery), stand in or behind
the galleries, or make use of cameras, tape recorders, electronic
devices, or binoculars. Any offence against this rule may result
in the confiscation of any offending material.
(e) Where committees of the House are sitting
in public, the rules governing the admission of visitors to committee
rooms are, so far as practicable, the same as those for admission
to the galleries of the House. Members of the public are permitted
to take notes during committee meetings, and to use electronic
devices or tape recorders, as long as they do not cause any disturbance.
(f) Any visitor who is suspected by Black Rod
of having committed a criminal offence within the precincts of
the House shall be taken into custody and handed over by him to
the police for such further action as may be appropriate under
the law. Any such action shall be reported by Black Rod to the
Lord Speaker or, in her absence, to the Chairman of Committees.
(g) Any visitor who is suspected by Black Rod
of having committed contempt of the House, including the contravention
of an order or rule of the House, may, at the discretion of Black
Rod, either be ejected from the precincts forthwith, or be detained
by him until not later than three hours after the rising of the
House, or, on a day on which the House is not sitting, for a period
not exceeding three hours, in order to enable inquiries to be
made into the circumstances of the contempt. If the contempt is
of such a nature that, in the opinion of Black Rod, the House
may wish to consider it, he shall report it to the Lord Speaker
or, in her absence, to the Chairman of Committees.
(h) Any visitor who is suspected by Black Rod
of intending to commit a contempt of the House, including the
contravention of an order or rule of the House, may be ejected
from the precincts forthwith.
(i) The Lord Speaker or, in her absence, the
Chairman of Committees shall communicate to the House any report
by Black Rod made in pursuance of these Rules.
(j) A vehicle which is causing obstruction, or
appears to Black Rod to be endangering security, within the precincts
of the House may be removed by him, or by the servants of the
House, or by the police on his instructions.