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Peers consult on Youtube - a House of Lords first

A House of Lords committee is allowing the public to submit views on video via YouTube.

It is the first time a Parliamentary committee has allowed submissions which are not in the written word.

The Lords' Information Committee is investigating how peers and MPs can do more to make people aware of what is happening in Parliament and how they can contribute to its work.

The Committee's inquiry "People and Parliament" will consider how Parliament can better communicate with the public.

Peers say people should feel able to interact with Parliament rather than passively receiving news from Westminster. The Committee says the use of YouTube "reflects the Committee's desire to get as wide a range of peoples thoughts on the matter as possible".

The Information Committee is hosting a web forum on the Parliament website, allowing the public to submit their views on some suggested topics online.

Lord Renton, Chairman of the House of Lords Information Committee, said, "Decisions are made in Parliament everyday that affect everyone in the country and it is important people feel they can be involved in that decision-making process.

"We would love to hear from as wide a range of people as possible on how they would like to interact with Parliament. By using YouTube, and the web forum, we hope we will get comments from people who might not have submitted evidence to a Parliamentary inquiry before.

Parliament's use of new media:

- Parliament is on Twitter and has more than 5,500 followers. Only 10 Downing Street in the UK government has more followers.

- Parliament's Flickr photostream has 124,000 views so far.

Links

The Information Committee webpage with full details of the inquiry >>

Call for Evidence >>

The People and Parliament web forum >>

YouTube video of Lord Renton launching the inquiry >>

Responses so far on the People and Parliament Inquiry >>

Parliament on twitter >>


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