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House of Commons Commission decisions – 28 October 2019

31 October 2019

Present:

  • The Speaker, in the Chair
  • Sir Paul Beresford
  • Tom Brake
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg
  • Valerie Vaz
  • Dame Rosie Winterton
  • Dr John Benger(Clerk of the House)
  • Jane McCall (External member)
  • Dr Rima Makarem (External member)

Apologies:

  • Ian Ailles (Director General)

COMMISSION/MEC

1. New Member – Declaration of Financial Interests

Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg confirmed there were no additional interests he wished to declare to those already circulated.

COMMISSION

2. Security reassurance measures being offered to Members, and a bid for the House to fund CCTV in homes

The Commission noted the new IPSA-funded measures and the approach to delivery; agreed in principle to the provision of external CCTV coverage of the approaches to Members' homes; and noted that it would receive an update on the funding of the proposal following the next IPSA Board meeting.

3.  Integration of the Restoration & Renewal and Northern Estate Programmes

The Commission: 

  • Noted the shadow Sponsor Board's decision that the R&R Programme and Northern Estate Programme (NEP) should be brought under the scope of the Sponsor Body and delivered jointly by the Delivery Authority after it becomes substantive in April 2020;
  • Subject to the successful completion of an accountability transfer review, noted the proposed transfer of accountability for the sponsorship of the NEP from the Director General of the House of Commons, Ian Ailles, (as the SRO) to the shadow Sponsor Body by the end of 2019;
  • Noted the proposed approach to the convergence of the two programmes in the meantime; and
  • Endorsed the proposed approach to formalising the integration of the two programmes under Section 1 of the Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Act 2019.

4. Determination of complaints without MP involvement: working group

The Commission noted a verbal update on the progress of the working group. 

5. Gemma White update

The Commission considered IPSA's letter to the Commission on implementation of the recommendations of the Gemma White report.

The Commission agreed to consult the unions and the parties on the options for providing a Members' staff HR function, including the basis for its provision.

6. Cultural Transformation: Update from the Independent Director for Cultural Transformation

The Commission:

  • noted the progress made on bringing about cultural transformation in the House Service; and
  • noted the role of the Commission and the wider membership of the House in supporting this process.

The Commission:

  • noted the progress made on bringing about cultural transformation in the House Service; and
  • noted the progress made on bringing about cultural transformation in the House Service; and

7. Tone of debate in the Chamber on 25 September

The Commission considered the letters it had received from the Commons Executive Board and the Trade Union Side, and agreed to issue a response.

8. Cultural Transformation: Update from the Independent Director for Cultural Transformation

The Commission agreed revisions to the rules governing access to facilities and services on the Parliamentary Estate on a trial basis.

COMMISSION/MEC

9. Papers to note:

The Commission/MEC noted the following papers:

  • Draft Forward Programme
  • Deliberations of Monday 15 July 2019

10. Any other business:

The Commission agreed proposals raised by the Leader of the House to mark the centenary of Nancy Astor's election to Parliament.

11. Date of next meeting:

The next meeting of the Commission/MEC will take place on Monday 25 November at 5.00 pm in Speaker's House.