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Call for Evidence

Presence of babies in the Chamber and Westminster Hall

The Committee is inviting views from Members of Parliament and other interested parties on the following issues:

  • Whether the presence of babies during parliamentary proceedings in the House of Commons should be prohibited or permitted;
  • Whether the rules should remain in guidance issued by the Speaker and his Deputies, or be expressed in the House’s Standing Orders;
  • What guidance Members should be given on the circumstances in which they should (and should not) be accompanied by their child;
  • What discretion should be available to Members chairing debates in the Chamber, Westminster Hall and legislative committees.

The Speaker asked the Committee to look into this issue on 24 November 2021.

The deadline for submission of written evidence is Friday 18 February 2022.

This call for written evidence has now closed.

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