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House of Commons Commission decisions – 18 July 2016

19 July 2016


  • The Speaker, in the Chair
  • Sir Paul Beresford
  • Nicholas Brown
  • Chris Bryant
  • Stewart Hosie
  • David Lidington
  • Ian Ailles (Director General, House of Commons)
  • David Natzler (Clerk of the House)
  • Dame Janet Gaymer (External member)
  • Jane McCall (External member)



    1.   Members' security away from the Estate

    The Commission agreed a range of steps set out in the paper designed to enhance Members' security away from the Estate.


      2.   Under-represented groups: requests for support

      The Committee considered options for supporting various proposals aimed at enabling people from under-represented groups to gain experience of the working life of Members of Parliament with a view to encouraging people from those groups to consider seeking elected office. It agreed that it would consider a paper in September setting out a possible strategic approach to the issue and exploring options for how funds might be raised to support such proposals.


        3.   House Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion

        The Commission noted the establishment by the Speaker of a Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion. 


          4.   Report on consolidation list of resolutions

          The Committee agreed the draft report.


            5.   External member of the audit committees

            The Commission/MEC agreed that Robert Scruton should be appointed as an external member of the Administration Estimate Audit Committee and the Members Estimate Audit Committee from August 2016.


              6.   Any other business

                The Commission/MEC took note of the following documents:

                  • Cyber security update
                  • Pay 2016/17
                  • Elizabeth Tower Restoration: Communications
                  • Recruitment of Lay Members for the Committee on Standards
                  • Joint working programme

                    7.   Date of next meeting

                      The next meeting of the Commission/MEC will take place on Monday 12 September at 5.00 pm in Speaker's House.

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