Last order orders! Speaker Lindsay Hoyle bans the sale of alcohol in House of Commons bars from Saturday (so will peers axe the beers too?)
- Lindsay Hoyle announced the banning of alcohol from the House of Commons
- No alcohol will be served in the Commons for the ‘foreseeable future’
- The new restrictions will not affect members of the House of Lords
- Sir Lindsay said the ban was necessary due to the deteriorating Covid situation
All House of Commons bars and restaurants will be banned from selling alcohol as of Saturday, the Speaker has confirmed.
Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle said: ‘Following the Government’s decision to move London into the Tier 2 Covid-alert category, I have asked the parliamentary authorities to introduce measures to bring the House of Commons into line with the national picture.
‘As MPs represent different constituencies in different tiers – with the very highest level ordering the closure of pubs – I have decided to stop the sale of alcohol across the House of Commons-end of the estate from this Saturday.
House of Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, pictured, has banned the sale of alcohol from bars and restaurants under his section of the Palace of Westminster as a result of London’s new Covid-19 regulations
Sir Lindsay said: ‘This means it will not be possible to buy an alcoholic drink from any of our catering outlets for the foreseeable future – whether food is served or not’
‘This means it will not be possible to buy an alcoholic drink from any of our catering outlets for the foreseeable future – whether food is served or not.
‘The House of Commons Commission will be meeting on Monday to consider other measures needed to protect MPs, their staff and House staff, while maintaining our Covid-secure status.’