Restrictions on private individuals hiring HOC Dining Rooms

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Dear House of Commons,

What are the exact restrictions on private individuals hiring the Members' or Strangers' Dining Rooms?

Is there any planned change to the requirement to have a secular civil marriage ceremony in order to hire the venue as an individual?

Yours faithfully,

M Taylor

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Freedom of Information request F17-243

 

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Dear M Taylor,

 

 

Freedom of Information request F17-243

 

Thank you for your request for information as copied below. You asked two
questions about restrictions on private individuals hiring the Members' or
Strangers' Dining Rooms.

 

1)  What are the exact restrictions on private individuals hiring the
Members' or Strangers' Dining Rooms?

 

This information is held by the House of Commons.

 

The House of Commons only accepts private event bookings from registered
UK businesses and charities. Venues can be hired for a number of purposes,
including corporate presentations and dinners. The Members’ Dining Room is
licensed for Marriages and Civil Partnerships, and private individuals are
permitted to book a wedding reception in one of our rooms after if they
have had a Marriage or Civil Partnership Ceremony at the House of Commons.

 

The full standard conditions of hire for functions and events, which
details any restrictions on hiring these venues, is available on the
parliamentary website here:
[1]http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commo....

 

As the information you request is reasonably accessible to you otherwise
than under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), your request is
refused. In refusing your request the House is applying the exemption set
out in section 21 (1) and (2) (a) of the FOIA. This is an absolute
exemption and the public interest test does not apply.

 

Further information on venues to hire can be found on the parliamentary
website here:
[2]http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/venue-.... It may
also be helpful to know that a range of security and access measures are
in place, which apply to visitors of the parliamentary estate. Further
information can be found here:
[3]http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/access....

 

2)  Is there any planned change to the requirement to have a secular civil
marriage ceremony in order to hire the venue as an individual?

 

This information is not held by the House of Commons. There is currently
no requirement to have a secular civil marriage ceremony in order to hire
these venues as an individual.

 

It may be helpful to know that further information on venue hire for
weddings and civil partnerships in the Palace of Wesminster is available
on the parliamentary website here:
[4]http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/venue-...

 

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Lauren

 

 

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