Following the publication of the Electoral Reform Society’s press release regarding expenses, the Society has been informed by the House of Lords authorities that data they submitted to Hansard was incorrect.
Please see their press release below:
House of Lords Administration apologises to Viscount Colville for INCORRECT data
Responding to the article in today’s edition of the Daily Mirror about Viscount Colville’s spoken contributions in the House of Lords, Ed Ollard, Clerk of the Parliaments, said:
“Due to an error online by the House of Lords, the data used by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) about Viscount Colville of Cullross’s spoken contributions in the House of Lords in its press release ‘New Lords expenses scandal revealed: 17 Peers claim over £400,000 despite failing to contribute’ are incorrect.
“The ERS press release states that Viscount Colville of Cullross made no spoken contributions in the parliamentary session which ran from 18 May 2016 to 27 April 2017. Viscount Colville of Cullross actually made 18 spoken contributions in the House of Lords during that period.
“The incorrect data were published on the House of Lords Hansard website due to an error in the indexing of the speeches which attributed the current (5th) Viscount Colville of Cullross’s spoken contributions to his late father the 4th Viscount Colville of Cullross.
“I sincerely apologise to Viscount Colville of Cullross on behalf of the House of Lords Administration for this error and the distress the reporting of this incorrect information has caused.”