The weekend quiz

Lord Norton

A few straightforward questions this week.  As usual, the first two readers to supply the correct answers will be the winners.

1. When a new peer is introduced into the House of Lords, he or she is accompanied by two other peers (supporters) and which official?

2. Which two rooms lie between the Robing Room and the chamber of the House?

3.  The House of Commons has three Deputy Speakers.  How many Deputy Speakers are there in the House of Lords?

4.  The Chairman of the European Union Committee holds which title in the House?

11 comments for “The weekend quiz

  1. Chris K
    30/01/2010 at 10:47 am

    1) Garter King of Arms
    2) Prince’s Chamber, Royal Gallery
    3) 12 ?
    4) Lord Roper

  2. Rob
    30/01/2010 at 11:31 am

    1. The Garter Principal King of Arms
    2. The Royal Gallery and The Prince’s Chamber
    3. 12 (the number having been reduced after the creation of the Lord Speaker)
    4.Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees

  3. Len
    30/01/2010 at 11:32 am

    1) Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod

    2) The Royal Gallery and the Prince’s Chamber

    3) Between 20 and 25

    4) Lord Roper is also principal deputy chairman of committees

  4. Croft
    30/01/2010 at 12:08 pm

    1) I presume you mean Black Rod as no one would call Garter an official!

    2) Royal Gallery, Princes Chamber

    3) 20-25 is the given range but I can’t find a list for the exact number.

    4) principal deputy chairman of committees

  5. Ulysses
    30/01/2010 at 12:53 pm

    1. Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter Principal King of Arms

    2. Royal Gallery and Prince’s Chamber

    3. 19

    4. Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees

  6. 30/01/2010 at 3:36 pm

    1. The Garter King of Arms
    2. The Royal Gallery and the Prince’s Chamber
    3. 25
    4. Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees

  7. 01/02/2010 at 4:17 pm

    I think it’s:
    1. Black Rod
    2. The Prince’s Chamber and the Royal Gallery
    3. 12
    4. The Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees

  8. handj
    01/02/2010 at 7:35 pm

    I come to this rather late. The Grey Book, to which Baroness Murphy refers in her post, gives 19 names (if I count correctly) as Deputy speakers. Thus I would say the answrers are:

    1. Black Rod
    2. Royal Gallery and Prince’s Chamber
    3. 19
    4. Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees

  9. lordnorton
    03/02/2010 at 1:44 pm

    Congratulations. We do have two prize winners.

    1. As I omitted to specify whether I was talking about an official internal or external to the House, I will accept either Black Rod or Garter King of Arms; though, as Croft notes, describing Garter as an official may be questionable!

    2. The Royal Gallery and the Prince’s Chamber lie between the Robing Room and the chamber.

    3. This is clearly the question that caused the problem. The list of Deputy Speakers appears (as handj discovered) in the grey book, which is available on the Parliament website. It lists nineteen Deputy Speakers. (As one has now joined the Government front bench, I would have accepted either 18 or 19.)

    4. The Chairman of the EU Committee is the Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees.

    The two respondents to supply the four correct answers are thus Ulysses and handj. Well done to them.

    • 03/02/2010 at 4:14 pm

      I’m glad I didn’t win this week as I’ll admit to cheating by watching introductions on Youtube (worth a look for anyone who’s interested, incidentally).

      Most interesting is the introduction of Lord Sacks:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9ccE6fOgEs
      The introduction usually ends with the new peer shaking the Lord Speaker’s hand, but it’s the chief rabbi we are talking about here… The video seems to have been edited slightly at this point. Does anyone know what happened? It seems he didn’t shake her hand, and there was no shout of “Hear, hear” in approval. Surely they would have discussed this before to avoid embarrassment?

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