House of Lords embraces YouTube

A House of Lords committee has said it will allow members of the public to submit their views via YouTube in future.

The move by the House of Lords Information Committee heralds the first time submissions can be made to a parliamentary committee in a format other than the written word.

This is a departure from the usual process of submitting evidence in which individuals and organisations provide written statements on the issue being investigated.

The committee's People and Parliament inquiry is looking at how the House of Lords, and Parliament generally, can do more to engage with the public.

In particular, the committee will consider how Parliament communicates with the public and how it can make more use of online communication.

The aim is to ensure the public feel able to interact with Parliament rather than passively receiving news from Westminster.

A statement put out by the committee said: 'The use of YouTube as a medium for the public to submit their views on this issue reflects the committee's desire to get as wide a range of peoples thoughts on the matter as possible.'

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