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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-06-17more like thismore than 2015-06-17
answering body
Leader of the House more like this
answering dept id 34 more like this
answering dept short name Leader of the House more like this
answering dept sort name Leader of the House more like this
hansard heading Members: Allowances remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Leader of the House, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to end the payment of allowances to hon. Members who do not take their seats. more like this
tabling member constituency East Londonderry more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
uin 2962 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
answer text <p>The pay and allowances for Members of Parliament are a matter for IPSA. In administering pay and allowances IPSA is bound by both legislation and the resolutions of this House.</p><p>It is established in legislation that that only those MPs who choose to take their seats by swearing the oath are eligible for a salary.</p><p>On 8 February 2006, the House passed a resolution providing financial assistance to parties whose Members have not taken their seats towards expenses &quot;wholly, exclusively and necessarily incurred for the employment of staff and related support to Members designated as that party's spokesmen in relation to the party's representative business.&quot;</p><p>The preference of the Government is that all elected Members should play a full part in the business of the House.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Epsom and Ewell more like this
answering member printed Chris Grayling more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-06-22T14:14:21.737Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T14:14:21.737Z
answering member
1413
label Biography information for Chris Grayling more like this
tabling member
1409
label Biography information for Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
416840
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-09-04more like thismore than 2015-09-04
answering body
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
answering dept id 90 more like this
answering dept short name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
answering dept sort name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
hansard heading Members: Allowances remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what steps IPSA has taken to make its processes more efficient for hon. Members and their staff. more like this
tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
tabling member printed
Phil Boswell more like this
uin 8402 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-11-23more like thismore than 2015-11-23
answer text <p>IPSA provides financial support to enable MPs to perform their parliamentary and constituency work. We aim to do this as efficiently as possible and to minimise the burden on MPs, consistent with our duty to assure the public that all MPs’ business costs are legitimate, supported by evidence and subsequently published.</p><p>IPSA took a number of steps in 2014-15 to achieve this objective. This included expanding the use of the payment card, permitting MPs to use the card for any eligible cost under the <em>MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses</em> (‘the Scheme’) and providing additional telephone support by opening our phone lines from 10am till 5pm, including over the weekend during the General Election, to ensure that MPs could get help and assistance as and when they needed it.</p><p>IPSA have also provided more training for MPs and their staff on our system and have participated in roadshows and seminars across the country to meet MPs’ staff and explain how our rules and systems operate. IPSA have also held drop-in sessions at Portcullis House for MPs and their staff.</p><p>All these measures have help to reduce the time that MPs and their staff spend making claims. IPSA are now undertaking a more wide-ranging review of both IT and business services to see where further efficiencies can be made, and to continue to improve the support that it provides to MPs and their staff.</p>
answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-11-23T17:14:40.593Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-23T17:14:40.593Z
answering member
1493
label Biography information for Mr Charles Walker more like this
tabling member
4388
label Biography information for Philip Boswell more like this
416841
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-09-04more like thismore than 2015-09-04
answering body
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
answering dept id 90 more like this
answering dept short name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
answering dept sort name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
hansard heading Members: Allowances remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, if IPSA will consult the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body on making its processes more efficient. more like this
tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
tabling member printed
Phil Boswell more like this
uin 8403 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-11-23more like thismore than 2015-11-23
answer text <p>The <em>MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses</em> (‘the Scheme’) is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure the rules (and the supporting processes) remain fair and workable. In doing so, IPSA always consult the public, MPs, MPs’ staff and other interested parties, including the Scottish Parliament, whomthe Chief Executive of IPSA, Marcial Boo,met with most recently in August 2015.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-11-23T17:16:04.107Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-23T17:16:04.107Z
answering member
1493
label Biography information for Mr Charles Walker more like this
tabling member
4388
label Biography information for Philip Boswell more like this
416842
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-09-04more like thismore than 2015-09-04
answering body
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
answering dept id 90 more like this
answering dept short name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
answering dept sort name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
hansard heading Members: Allowances remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what plans IPSA has to measure the average number of working hours spent by hon. Members and their staff per month on registering expenses with IPSA. more like this
tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
tabling member printed
Phil Boswell more like this
uin 8404 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-11-23more like thismore than 2015-11-23
answer text <p>IPSA carries out an Annual User Survey which seeks to identify, amongst other measures, the hours per month that MPs and their staff spend making expenses claims. The key findings from these surveys are published on IPSA’s website.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-11-23T17:16:36.033Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-23T17:16:36.033Z
answering member
1493
label Biography information for Mr Charles Walker more like this
tabling member
4388
label Biography information for Philip Boswell more like this
861101
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-03-13more like thismore than 2018-03-13
answering body
Leader of the House more like this
answering dept id 34 more like this
answering dept short name Leader of the House more like this
answering dept sort name Leader of the House more like this
hansard heading Members: Allowances remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Leader of the House, what the cost to the House has been of payments made to hon. Members who have not taken their seats in the House in respect of their Parliamentary duties, in each of the last 10 years. more like this
tabling member constituency East Londonderry more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
uin 132250 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-03-16more like thismore than 2018-03-16
answer text <p>The amount of representative money paid to Members of Parliament that have not taken their seats is based on the annual percentage increase of the consumer price index as at the previous December. Attached to this answer is a breakdown of the costs over the last 10 years.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency South Northamptonshire more like this
answering member printed Andrea Leadsom more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-03-16T10:03:21.807Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-16T10:03:21.807Z
answering member
4117
label Biography information for Andrea Leadsom more like this
attachment
1
file name Representative Money - Sinn Fein.docx more like this
title Breakdown of representative money more like this
tabling member
1409
label Biography information for Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
1023905
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-12-12more like thismore than 2018-12-12
answering body
Leader of the House more like this
answering dept id 34 more like this
answering dept short name Leader of the House more like this
answering dept sort name Leader of the House more like this
hansard heading Members: Allowances remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Leader of the House, what the cost to the House has been of payments made to hon. Members who have not taken their seats in the House in respect of their parliamentary duties in 2017-18. more like this
tabling member constituency East Londonderry more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
uin 201576 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-12-17more like thismore than 2018-12-17
answer text <p>Short Money is a payment made available from the House of Commons to all opposition parties in the House of Commons that secured either two seats, or one seat and more than 150,000 votes, at the previous General Election. Short Money is not available to parties whose Members have not sworn the oath. Therefore a separate scheme, Representative Money, was introduced in 2006 for parties whose Members had not taken the oath.</p><p>The method of calculation is detailed in the comprehensive Library briefing note on the subject. <a href="https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN01663" target="_blank">https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN01663</a></p><p>The amount paid out under representative money in 2017/18 was £149,707.51.</p><p>All short money and representative money payments are published annually here: <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-finance-office/Short%20money/Short%20Money%20Jun%2017-Mar%2018.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-finance-office/Short%20money/Short%20Money%20Jun%2017-Mar%2018.pdf</a></p><p> </p>
answering member constituency South Northamptonshire more like this
answering member printed Andrea Leadsom more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-17T13:32:57.613Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-17T13:32:57.613Z
answering member
4117
label Biography information for Andrea Leadsom more like this
tabling member
1409
label Biography information for Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
1123862
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-30more like thismore than 2019-04-30
answering body
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
answering dept id 90 more like this
answering dept short name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
answering dept sort name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
hansard heading Members: Allowances remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what involvement did the Speaker's committee had in the formulation of the new claims system for hon. Members' allowances. more like this
tabling member constituency Warley more like this
tabling member printed
John Spellar more like this
uin 249206 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
answer text <p>As part of its role to approve IPSA’s Estimate, in March 2016, the Speaker’s Committee approved funds for a wide-ranging improvement programme, including plans for a new IT system, IPSA Online. This took into account longstanding feedback from MPs and their staff about the need to modernise and improve IPSA’s systems and processes. In subsequent years, the Speaker’s Committee has scrutinised progress on this programme via the annual Estimate approval process, as well as other formal and informal updates.</p><p>The Speaker’s Committee had no direct input into the design of IPSA Online, but has received regular updates on the key features of the system and IPSA’s plans for engagement and training activities.</p><p>More generally, IPSA engaged with MPs and staff members throughout the development of IPSA Online through activities including surveys, meetings, usability testing and training sessions, in order to take account of their needs and preferences. IPSA is committed to ongoing liaison with MPs and their staff to gain further feedback on the new system now that it has been launched.</p>
answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-07T13:23:15.387Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-07T13:23:15.387Z
answering member
1493
label Biography information for Mr Charles Walker more like this
tabling member
318
label Biography information for John Spellar more like this
1131865
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
answering body
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
answering dept id 90 more like this
answering dept short name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
answering dept sort name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
hansard heading Members: Allowances remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the system for reimbursing MPs expenses; and if IPSA will make it its policy to reinstate the previous system for the reimbursement of expenses. more like this
tabling member constituency Christchurch more like this
tabling member printed
Sir Christopher Chope more like this
uin 263668 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-20more like thismore than 2019-06-20
answer text <p>IPSA considered a range of options for its new system of reimbursing MPs’ business costs and expenses. The system selected is more integrated and efficient than its predecessor systems, and holds the personal data of MPs and their staff more securely. The software selected is widely used in the United Kingdom, including in many public bodies. Prior to its launch in April, the effectiveness of the system was thoroughly tested, including by MPs and their staff. Its benefits include:</p><p> </p><p>- A ‘single sign-on’ capability to allow MPs and their staff to access the system directly through their secure parliamentary account without an additional logon.</p><p>- MPs and staff no longer need to send paper receipts and invoices to IPSA, but can scan or photograph them and upload them digitally onto the system. This improves data security and means that IPSA can process and reimburse claims more quickly.</p><p>- MPs’ staff members can now be reimbursed directly by IPSA for their own expenses rather than via their MPs.</p><p>- MPs and their staff are now able to amend their personal details, including any change of name or address, on the new system themselves, without needing to submit a form to IPSA.</p><p>- The new system allows claims from different budgets to be submitted on the same form, rather than having to submit multiple forms.</p><p>- MPs and their staff have constant access to financial information about the amounts left in their budgets and the status of any repayments or amounts owed, rather than waiting a monthly financial statement from IPSA.</p><p> </p><p>As of 13 June, 612 MPs have successfully submitted claims on the new system. IPSA is committed to supporting and training MPs and their staff as they become accustomed to the new online claims system. IPSA does not intend to make it its policy to reinstate the previous system.</p>
answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-20T12:12:33.917Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-20T12:12:33.917Z
answering member
1493
label Biography information for Mr Charles Walker more like this
previous answer version
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answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
answering member
1493
label Biography information for Mr Charles Walker more like this
tabling member
242
label Biography information for Sir Christopher Chope more like this
1136735
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-03more like thismore than 2019-07-03
answering body
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
answering dept id 90 more like this
answering dept short name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
answering dept sort name Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority more like this
hansard heading Members: Allowances remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how much the new system for reimbursing hon. Members' expenses cost to implement. more like this
tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
tabling member printed
Dr David Drew more like this
uin 272731 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
answer text <p>I have asked IPSA to reply.</p><p>The original April 2016 business case for IPSA’s new IT system, IPSA Online, estimated a cost of £4.641 million. IPSA expected the programme to be completed in 2017-18. The full costs incurred to ensure IPSA could go live with IPSA Online at the beginning of the current financial year were £8.253 million.</p><p>The increase in cost was due in part to the unexpected General Election of June 2017 which diverted IPSA work for up to nine months to supporting MPs who left or joined parliament, and increased supplier costs. Costs also increased following a change of suppliers in September 2018 to improve the quality of IT support. Testing the system took longer than anticipated in order to ensure it was fully secure and free of technical problems. The increases in cost have been partly mitigated by savings elsewhere in IPSA’s budget. A full internal audit of the programme is currently taking place. IPSA will report to the Speaker’s Committee for the IPSA later in the year on the overall costs and benefits of IPSA Online.</p><p>IPSA is committed to supporting MPs and their staff during this transition and will make appropriate adjustments to improve the system as it beds in, while ensuring strong financial control, improvements in value for money, and high data quality and data security.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-10T14:21:40.927Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-10T14:21:40.927Z
answering member
1493
label Biography information for Mr Charles Walker more like this
tabling member
252
label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this