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House of Commons Commission decisions – 20 May 2019

22 May 2019


  • The Speaker, in the Chair
  • Sir Paul Beresford
  • Tom Brake
  • Andrea Leadsom
  • Valerie Vaz
  • Dame Rosie Winterton
  • Dr John Benger(Clerk of the House)
  • Ian Ailles (Director General)
  • Jane McCall (External member)
  • Dr Rima Makarem (External member)


  • Pete Wishart


1. Northern Estate Programme Outline Business Case

  1. The Commission agreed to:
    a. The scope, funding and schedule envelope;
    b. Funding to be released to progress to detailed design and procurement, undertake further surveys and progress enabling works (total £163m);
    c. Setting up appropriate planning performance agreements (PPAs) with Westminster City Council and equivalents where applicable with Historic England.
  2. The Commission noted:
    a. The total estimated cost of the NEP is currently £1.3–1.6bn; this represents on a like-for-like basis a reduction of £30m or 2% since the Commission endorsed the masterplan in January 2018, the balance of movement from £1.26bn being increases in scope requested or items that were explicitly excluded from the initial costing.
    b. The completion date is estimated at between May 2025 and May 2027, which represents a movement of approximately 5 months since January 2018.
    c. A public consultation started on 8 May and concludes at the end of June, which has raised the public profile and associated communications requirements. This is alongside a continued consultation with Members.
    d. A fire strategy that includes a residual need for a managed evacuation where self-evacuation is not achievable.

2. Financial Remit

The Commission agreed the revised remit for the new planning round.


3. MEC Resolutions 2019–20

The Committee agreed the draft report.


4. Post-Cox Report Activities

Non-recent cases second iteration

The Commission:

  • Identified and agreed a process for handling non-recent cases of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct; 
  • Agreed the timeline for consultation, agreement and implementation;
  • Agreed to review the outcome of the consultation at its meeting on 24 June 2019 and accept the revised report. The House could then consider the motion and report at the end of June.


5. Papers to note:

The Commission took note of the following papers: 

  • Shadow Sponsor body report
  • Restoration and Renewal Programme Quarterly Report
  • Mandatory safety and security training for Members and their staff
  • Draft Forward Programme
  • Deliberations of Monday 29 April 2019

6.   Date of next meeting

The next meeting of the Commission/MEC will take place on Monday 24 June at 5.00 pm in Speaker's House.

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