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The House of Commons Commission and the House Service

The House of Commons Commission is responsible for setting the strategic priorities and objectives of the House Service under section 2 of the House of Commons Commission Act 2015.

The Commons Executive Board provides advice to the Commission in relation to strategic priorities and objectives.

The Clerk of the House, as Head of the House Service, has overall responsibility for, and provides strategic leadership of, the House Service.

The Clerk has delegated responsibility for day-to-day provision of operational services to the Director General. (Both the Clerk of the House and the Director General are also members of the House of Commons Commission.)

Supported by the Commons Executive Board, they are accountable to the Commission for delivery of the strategy. The Commons Executive Board decides policy and operational issues to support service delivery.

Heads of teams in the House of Commons have delegated responsibility to set annual business plans to support the strategy and are accountable to the Clerk for delivering the objectives in these plans.

Supporting the work of MPs

The introduction to the most recent House of Commons annual report and accounts (PDF) explains how the House Service supports the work of the elected House of Commons:

The House of Commons is the democratically elected House of the UK Parliament. Its responsibilities include checking and challenging the work of Government, making laws, setting taxes and debating the big issues of the day.

The House of Commons Commission is responsible for the administration and services of the House of Commons, including maintenance of the Palace and the rest of the Parliamentary Estate. It ensures that the House of Commons is a safe, secure and respectful workplace. The Commission is chaired by the Speaker and it includes Members, the Clerk of the House, the Director-General and two external commissioners.

The House of Commons Service provides procedural support and advice to Members along with a wide range of essential services that facilitate the work of the House. The Clerk is the Head of the House Service and chairs the Commons Executive Board. …

More than 3,000 people work for the House Service and Parliamentary Digital Service, many of whom provide a shared service to the House of Commons and the House of Lords. All our staff are politically impartial and take great pride in the work they deliver.

The House of Commons Service supports our democratic process in many ways by delivering dozens of services every day to ensure that the House of Commons can function effectively and efficiently.

Developing a House Service Strategy

The House of Commons Service has recently developed the next House of Commons Service Strategy, for the period 2023-27 (it has not yet been published). It will replace the current House Service Strategy [intranet link] which runs until March 2023.

The new strategy was agreed by the House of Commons Commission at its meeting on 16 May 2022.

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