UK Members of the European Parliament were previously entitled to have parliamentary passes so that they could meet with parliamentarians and not have to keep queuing in order to get into the Palace of Westminster. Last year, the Commons decided that this privilege should be withdrawn. As parliamentary passes cover the parliamentary estate, the House Committee in the Lords recommended that we agree to the withdrawal. However, when it came before the House in November, it was clear that there was opposition to this recommendation and the matter was referred back to the committee. The committee reconsidered and the Lord Speaker wrote to the then chair of the Administration Committee in the Commons inviting it to reconsider its decision. It decided not to do so, with the result that special passes will now be created for MEPs so that they can access the House of Lords areas of the parliamentary estate only. As the Chairman of Committees reported in a written statement, “This work is already under way and the new style of pass will soon be issued to UK MEPs who have requested one.” It creates a situation that, as far as I am aware, is without precedent. Though some passes limit access to certain parts of the estate, it is the first time access is restricted to one House.
UPDATE: The story is also covered by the BBC.