§ Lord Norton of Louth
asked the Chairman of Committees:
Who has overall editorial control of the House of Lords website on the Internet; who is responsible for the design of the website; and what plans there are to render it more attractive to users of the Internet. [HL48]
§ The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham)
The House of Lords website is an integral part of the United Kingdom Parliament website. Guidelines for the design and development of the Parliament website are set by officials of both Houses meeting as the group on Information Management and the Parliamentary Intranet (IMPI). Issues of principle and spending are referred to the relevant domestic committees of both Houses. The Clerk of the Journals in the House of Lords acts within the established guidelines as general editor of the Lords internet pages. Editorial control of the content of the pages is primarily the responsibility of the departments which place material on the Internet.
A proposal for a consultancy study of the design of the House of Lords website, to improve its accessibility and effectiveness, will be referred to the next meeting of the Library and Computers Sub-Committee.