Proxy voting in divisions in the House

On 28 January 2019, the House agreed a Temporary Standing Order in order to pilot the use of proxy voting in divisions of the House for parental absence (baby leave). The pilot scheme was originally scheduled to operate for a year but was extended to 18 months, in January 2020. In June 2020, its scope was extended to allow proxy votes for medical or public health reasons relating to the coronavirus pandemic.…

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Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme

The House debated the Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy Programme Team’s Delivery Report on 19 July 2018 and agreed a new parliament-wide Behaviour Code. Procedures for making complaints and obtaining support have been put in place. This briefing note reviews the debate, the report, the background to it and subsequent developments. Inquiries by Dame Laura Cox and Gemma White, and the implementation of their recommendations are also discussed.…

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The Compliance Officer for IPSA

This briefing paper sets out the legislative background to the post of Compliance Officer, created in the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009, as amended. The Compliance Officer investigates complaints about expenses claimed by Members of Parliament and reviews claims that the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority does not allow. The briefing paper outlines the procedures the Compliance Officer follows in undertaking investigations and reviews.…

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Select Committees – core tasks

On 20 June 2002, the members of the Liaison Committee agreed a set of ten core tasks for Select Committees to guide their work. The Committee reviewed and revised the core tasks in 2012 and 2019. This note compares the 2019 version with the earlier versions of the core tasks. It also provides a brief background to the introduction of the core tasks in 2002.…

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Select committees: election of chairs and members

This briefing paper outlines the timetable for the election of chairs and members of select committees. It reports the allocation of chairs between the parties and the results of the election of committee chairs; their timings; and the timing of the nomination of members in 2019. It also summarises timetables in the previous (2010, 2015 and 2017) Parliaments.…

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Short Money

This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides details of the current levels of ‘Short money’ allocated to opposition parties for parliamentary duties and a brief history of the scheme. Figures for the corresponding scheme in the House of Lords (Cranborne money) are provided. The note also provides details of allocations made under the Representative Money scheme.…

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