Before the recess the Speaker approved the Administration Committee’s recommendation that Members should have priority access to services throughout the Commons part of the Parliamentary Estate. With effect from today, staff and other users should be prepared to give way to Members when queuing for retail and catering services, the post office, travel office or when using other facilities such as lifts, photocopiers, telephone cubicles, etc. When using parliamentary facilities, please bear in mind whether there is, or is likely to be, a heavy demand from Members and, if so, try to amend your own plans or schedule.
Unbelieveable. So, who are the members of the Administraiton Committee who so obviously wish to utter those immortal words "Don't You Know Who I Am" as they push in front of a hapless researcher in the cafeteria?
Mr Frank Doran (Chairman), Aberdeen North LabourSo, if you work in the Houses of Parliament and any of these MPs push in front of you, here's a word of advice. Tell them to bugger off.
Janet Anderson, Rossendale & Darwen, Labour
Rt Hon Mr Nicholas Brown, Newcastle upon TyneEast and Wallsend, Labour
Mr Simon Burns, West Chelmsford, Conservative
Mr Christopher Chope, Christchurch, Conservative
Derek Conway, Old Bexley & Sidcup, Conservative
Rt Hon Frank Dobson, Holborn & St Pancras, Labour
Mr Brian H Donohoe, Central Ayrshire, Labour
Mr Neil Gerrard, Walthamstow, Labour
Helen Jones, Warrington North, Labour
Mr Kevan Jones, North Durham, Labour
Rt Hon Greg Knight, East Yorkshire, Conservative
David Lepper, Brighton, Pavilion, Labour
Mr John Randall, Uxbridge, Conservative
John Thurso, Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, Liberal Democrats
Pete Wishart, Perth and North Perthshire, Scottish National
UPDATE 4.30pm: I see Guido got there an hour before me! And Kerron emails me to say he actually got there before Guido. So there.
UPDATE 7pm: Well done to Lembit Opik. He's tabled an EDM on this...
Priority Access to Facilities
That the House notes with astonishment the announcement made on Tuesday 9th October that "Members should have priority access to services throughout the Commons part of the Parliamentary Estate"; further notes that such an approach is expedient in certain areas at certain times, such as during a division, but not everywhere all the time; believes that this announcement serves to create a rigid two tier system which is counter to an enlightened image of Parliament; further believes there is merit in a general presumption of equality on the Parliamentary Estate; and urges the Accommodation Committee to reconsider.
Let's see how many MPs sign it.
UPDATE: Peter Oborne emails to say that this story emeplifies what he was saying at the fringe meetin in Blackpool about MPs thinking of themselves as some sort of elite. I have to agree.