Commons Member Attendance

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Dear House of Commons,

Please can you provide details of attendance in the House of Commons, by individual member, for all Members for the period from the end of the Christmas recess in January 2011 until the start of the Easter recess in April 2011?

Yours faithfully,
Mr Gregory

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr Gregory,

Thank you for your request for information which is copied below.

The information you require is not held by the House of Commons. There is no requirement for Members to register their attendance.

However, you may find the following information useful.
Members who participate in debates are recorded in Hansard - House of Commons debates (by date and by MP from 2006-07):

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Yours sincerely

Katarina Ndrepepaj | Freedom of Information Coordinator
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service
House of Commons

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Nick Leaton left an annotation ()

Actually, the commons hasn't told you the truth. They do hold the information about when they attend. There is a security system to get into the commons, and that is recorded for the past 3 years. People turning up without passes have to get a temporary pass, and that is recorded in the same system.

I'd re-request the information, and make it clear you want both temporary and permanent pass usage.

The commons is likely to do two things.

1. Say its too expensive.

The response here is that it isn't, because I've done the same with the Lords and its under the 500 pound limit.

2. Say its not allowed because of security issues.

The response here is that

a) The Lords have done it.
b) To make sure the request is for historical and not recent.
c) To make sure its sufficiently blurred, such as the number of days in each month or year.


R Wright left an annotation ()

The recorded information we hold is restricted to those Members who placed their pass on an electronic pass reader to enter the Houses of Parliament (this includes the entrance at Portcullis House and the Westminster Tube entrance) or on some internal doors on the Parliamentary Estate. As I stated previously Members may use their pass to enter the Houses of Parliament by one of the entrances staffed by security personnel, e.g. Peers' Entrance. Members whose passes were manually checked at one of these entrances may not have placed their pass on an electronic pass reader at all on that particular day and consequently no information will be held in the database. The pass system's sole purpose is to maintain the security of the Parliamentary Estate. Attendance figures are collated separately.

Nick Leaton left an annotation ()

There is an electronic access control system in use on the Parliamentary Estate. When someone arrives without their pass, it is recorded. A temporary proximity pass is issued which invalidates the permanent pass for the necessary period.

Records are retained for up to three years as part of our Data Retention Policy.


So not quite telling the whole truth. They do record people without passes.