House of Commons Commission decisions – 24 June 2019
26 June 2019
- The Speaker, in the Chair
- Sir Paul Beresford
- Tom Brake
- Mel Stride
- Valerie Vaz
- Dame Rosie Winterton
- Pete Wishart
- Dr John Benger(Clerk of the House)
- Ian Ailles (Director General)
- Jane McCall (External member)
- Dr Rima Makarem (External member)
1. ICGS SIX-MONTH REVIEW: ALISON STANLEY PRESENTATIN OF FINDINGS AND NEXT STEPS
(i) Endorsed the action plan for implementation of the recommendations;
(ii) Agreed to review a proposed staffing model for the ICGS team at its meeting in July;
(iii) Offered its thoughts on the overall governance of the Scheme;
(iv) Agreed that the planning for the 18-month review should begin now to ensure it is ready to begin in June 2020.
2. NON-RECENT COMPLAINTS ABOUT BULLYING, HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
- Considered the responses to the consultation;
- Ratified its decision to adopt the change to the ICGS to include non-recent cases. The Leader of the House has agreed to work with other parties to agree a motion, in consultation with the Commission, that would facilitate this change as soon as possible; and
- Agreed a statement in response to the six-month review and non-recent cases, which can be found here.
3. DRAFT PARLIAMENTARY SECURITY STRATEGY 2019–2025
- Agreed the strategy's aims, objectives and guiding principles; and
- Noted the short version of the action plan.
4. REVISED MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE R&R PROGRAMME AND PARLIAMENT
The Commission endorsed the revised Memorandum of Understanding between the R&R Programme and Parliament during the remainder of the shadow phase.
5. ANNUAL REPORT: ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMISSION 2018–19
The Commission approved the Activities of the Commission 2018–19.
6. QUARTERLY REPORT ON CORPORATE PERFORMANCE
The Committee noted the quarterly report.
7. PROPOSALS FOR AMENDMENT TO THE BBC BROADCASTING LICENCE
The Commission agreed that proposals for amendment of the House of Commons broadcast licence should be put to the BBC.
8. PAPERS TO NOTE
The Commission/MEC took note of the following papers:
- House of Commons Corporate Visual Identity
- Letter from Ken Gall
- Cyber Security
- Draft Forward Programme
- Letter from the four staff representatives on the Cox six-month review panel
- Letter dated 13 May from the Press Gallery – decant during R&R
9. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
The Commission/MEC took note of correspondence received shortly before the meeting from Stella Creasy MP and Caroline Lucas MP on parental leave for MPs. It agreed that it was an important matter on which IPSA should act quickly to consult on any proposals, including, where appropriate, with members of the Commission.
10. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The next meeting of the Commission/MEC will take place on Monday 15 July at 5.00 pm in Speaker's House.
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