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Baroness Jay of Paddington: The Haemophilia Society wrote to us on 24 June, to pursue issues raised in the debate on 5 June. We are giving careful consideration to the points made in the letter before replying.
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham): I understand that the Administration Officer has now written to all occupants of the Harcourt corridor to explain the installation of new light fittings, which are planned to replace the existing fluorescent tubes. I also understand that the budget for that aspect of the project is in the region of £9,000.
Whether he will produce a table showing which rooms in the House of Lords are used as offices; whether each room is used by Lords or persons other than Lords; how many desks there are per room; and which of the desks allocated to Lords are shared.[HL2369]
The Chairman of Committees: I have given instructions for the production of the map and tables requested. When they have been completed they will be placed in the Library and I will inform the noble Lord.
All staff in Black Rod's Department except the 42 part-time housemaids have regular face-to-face contact with Lords. In the Refreshment Department, face-to-face contact with Lords varies, although all management and waiting staff have such contact.
All but three of the staff in the Clerk of the Parliaments' Office, most of the staff in the Library and the Journal Office and about half of the staff of Hansard have regular face-to-face contact with Lords.
In the Accountant's Office, only the Accountant and Peers' expenses staff have face-to-face contact with Lords. In the Establishment Office only the Establishment Officer has such contact, while in the Records Office such contact is limited.
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