Appendix D: Rules for filming and conditions for use of official television coverage

Part A: rules for filming

(1)     A provider of official television coverage of the House must comply with the following rules:
  1. The cameras will cover the member who has been called to speak until the member’s speech is finished or the member’s call is terminated by the Speaker. Coverage will normally be medium range, head and shoulders. The director may choose to vary the camera angle to add interest to the coverage. Switching between such shots should be done at an appropriate point in the speech.
  2. The default shot will be on the Speaker or presiding officer, including the arrival of the Speaker’s procession, or a wide-angle shot of the Chamber.
  3. The television director may choose other shots to reflect the business transacted, such as a wide-angle shot of the Chamber or, during oral questions, a reaction shot of the Minister being asked a question or of a member listening to the reply to a question.
  4. The television director may use a wide-angle shot of the Chamber as a continuity shot, for instance, at the end of oral questions or when the House is going into committee.
  5. Generally, interjections are not covered. But if the member speaking engages with the interjector, the interjector’s reaction can be filmed.
  6. Officials (Clerks, Serjeant-at-Arms) should be shown when they are participating in the business of the House by making announcements, calling party votes, or carrying the Mace.
  7. While a personal vote is in progress, a graphic to this effect may be shown in place of live coverage, or a static wide-angle shot of the Chamber may be used, provided that this coverage does not seek to identify how individual members are voting. Any spoken proceedings that occur during a personal vote (such as a point of order) will be covered, subject to the usual rules.
  8. Shots unrelated to the proceedings are not permitted, that is, interruptions from the gallery and business occurring outside the House. No close-up shots are permitted of members’ actions and interactions that are unrelated to proceedings.
  9. In case of general disorder on the floor of the House, coverage will revert to the Speaker or presiding officer.
  10. During an interruption to proceedings such as a prolonged disturbance from the gallery, the coverage will be of the Speaker or presiding officer, with sound from only the Speaker’s microphone. Coverage from the Chamber should continue, unless the Speaker or presiding officer indicates otherwise, by either suspending or adjourning the House, or specifically directing that coverage should cease. Television coverage recommences when the House resumes or at the direction of the Speaker or presiding officer.
  11. Coverage ceases as soon as the Speaker or presiding officer announces that the House stands adjourned or the Speaker or presiding officer leaves the chair for the suspension of
    a sitting.
(2)     These rules apply also to any other filming from the gallery.
(3)     The Serjeant-at-Arms will intervene if it becomes apparent that cameras are filming matters not within the rules. Broadcasters who offend the rules may have their privilege of filming in the Chamber withdrawn.

Part B: Conditions for use of official television coverage

(1)     Official television coverage of the House is made available on the following conditions:
  1. Any broadcast or rebroadcast of coverage must comply with the broadcaster’s legal obligations.
  2. Coverage of proceedings must not be used in any medium for—
(a)  political advertising or election campaigning (except with the permission of all members shown):

(b)  satire, ridicule, or denigration:

(c)  commercial sponsorship or commercial advertising.

  1. Reports that use extracts of coverage of proceedings and purport to be summaries must be fair and accurate.
(2)     Breach of these conditions may result in a loss of access to official television coverage, and may be treated as a contempt and proceeded  against  accordingly.