Enquiry about the location of two Commons opera hats which fell out of use in 1998

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Dear House of Commons,
You will be aware that, until they were amended in 1998, the rules of the House stipulated that it was necessary for members to cover their heads while making a point of order during a division, and two collapsible Opera hats were provided to cater for this necessity. Where are these Opera hats now, and what has happened to them in the period from 1998?
Yours faithfully,
F Bednarski

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Dear F Bednarski,

 

Freedom of Information request F17-245

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 5 June 2017, received by
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Dear F Bednarski,

 

 

Freedom of Information request F17-245

 

Thank you for your request for information as copied below. You asked for
information on the Opera hats, worn by MPs in the House of Commons whilst
making a point of order during a division, including where the hats are
and what has happened to them since 1998.

 

Recorded information that answers you request is not held by the House of
Commons.

 

However, the following information may be of help to you. The hats were in
use in the House of Commons until 1998, and were both kept at either end
of the Chamber for the Bar Doorkeeper to issue. The Serjeant at Arms
Office has advised us that the hats were both in a bad state of repair
when they were retired, and it is believed that they were discarded
because they were no longer functional for use.

 

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Lauren

 

 

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