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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-10more like thisremove minimum value filter
answering body
Leader of the House of Lords more like this
answering dept id 92 more like this
answering dept short name
answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
hansard heading Brexit: Parliamentary Scrutiny more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask the Leader of the House whether she intends to invite the House of Lords to sit on Fridays until 29 March in order to allow time for proper scrutiny of pre-Brexit legislation. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Jones of Cheltenham more like this
uin HL12745 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-21more like thismore than 2019-01-21
answer text <p>The next scheduled Friday sitting is for 1 February, as advertised in Forthcoming Business. Further sittings will be advertised in due course. There are currently no plans to consider Government business on Fridays, but as is always the case the sittings of the House are subject to the progress of business.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-21T17:24:00.25Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-21T17:24:00.25Z
answering member
4329
label Biography information for Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
tabling member
248
label Biography information for Lord Jones of Cheltenham more like this
1038909
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-10more like thisremove minimum value filter
answering body
Leader of the House of Lords more like this
answering dept id 92 more like this
answering dept short name
answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
hansard heading Brexit: Parliamentary Scrutiny more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask the Leader of the House whether she intends to invite the House to sit on Saturdays until 29 March in order to allow time for proper scrutiny of pre-Brexit legislation. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Jones of Cheltenham more like this
uin HL12746 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-21more like thismore than 2019-01-21
answer text <p>There are currently no plans to sit on weekends. As is always the case, the sittings of the House are subject to the progress of business.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-21T15:45:20.407Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-21T15:45:20.407Z
answering member
4329
label Biography information for Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
tabling member
248
label Biography information for Lord Jones of Cheltenham more like this
1059189
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answering body
Leader of the House of Lords more like this
answering dept id 92 more like this
answering dept short name
answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
hansard heading Parliamentary Session more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask the Leader of the House when she expects the current session of Parliament to end. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Foulkes of Cumnock more like this
uin HL13578 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-20more like thismore than 2019-02-20
answer text <p>A date for the prorogation of the current session has not yet been set. The length of the first session was extended to give Parliament more time to consider the crucial legislation relating to Brexit.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-20T11:32:10.923Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-20T11:32:10.923Z
answering member
4329
label Biography information for Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
tabling member
579
label Biography information for Lord Foulkes of Cumnock more like this
1109868
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-04more like thismore than 2019-04-04
answering body
Leader of the House of Lords more like this
answering dept id 92 more like this
answering dept short name
answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
hansard heading Closure Motions more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask the Leader of the House how many times the closure motion has been moved in the House of Lords in the last 20 years; and on what dates. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Brabazon of Tara more like this
uin HL15060 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
answer text <p>In the last 20 years the closure motion has been moved in the House of Lords 13 times: on 22 July 1999; 6 October 2003; 17 January 2011; 19 January 2011; 21 October 2011; 31 January 2014; 15 March 2019; and six times on 4 April 2019.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-09T15:21:52.36Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-09T15:21:52.36Z
answering member
4329
label Biography information for Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
tabling member
3493
label Biography information for Lord Brabazon of Tara more like this
1133054
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
answering body
Leader of the House of Lords more like this
answering dept id 92 more like this
answering dept short name
answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
hansard heading Government Bills more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask the Leader of the House how many Government Bills since May 2015 have been published in draft and referred for pre-legislative scrutiny by a joint committee or committee of either House; and what proportion these constitute of all Government Bills introduced in that period. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Norton of Louth more like this
uin HL16472 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-03more like thismore than 2019-07-03
answer text <p>Since May 2015, 13 Government Bills have been published in draft and referred for pre-legislative scrutiny by a joint committee or committee of either House; this constitutes 14.43% of all Government Bills introduced in that period.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
question first answered
remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2019-07-03T12:27:13.657Z
answering member
4329
label Biography information for Baroness Evans of Bowes Park more like this
tabling member
3187
label Biography information for Lord Norton of Louth more like this
1083652
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-07more like thismore than 2019-03-07
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: Finance more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask The Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, if the Committee will undertake a survey of hon. Members on the (a) cost and (b) resources allocated by hon. Members to responding to e-mails from (i) 38 Degrees and (ii) other campaigning organisations; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Edinburgh South more like this
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Ian Murray more like this
uin 229668 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-14more like thismore than 2019-03-14
answer text <p>The Independent Parliamentary Standard Authority (IPSA) was established to ensure MPs have the funding and support they need to conduct their parliamentary duties effectively. IPSA is also responsible for setting the level of the MPs’ Staffing Budget and for periodically consulting on all aspects of its expenses scheme, including on Members’ staff expenditure. At these times, Members and others are invited to respond to IPSA’s consultations and to suggest amendments to its scheme.</p><p>It is for individual MPs themselves to decide how their own staffing arrangements best support their work and how they respond to campaigning organisations such as 38 Degrees.</p><p>In respect of oversight of IPSA’s budgets, the Speaker’s Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is in place to approve its annual estimates of resources. In addition, the Administration Committee meets representatives from IPSA to consider its support for Members and the way it operates its scheme.</p>
answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-14T15:04:11.587Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-14T15:04:11.587Z
answering member
1493
label Biography information for Sir Charles Walker more like this
tabling member
3966
label Biography information for Ian Murray 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 more like this
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
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John Spellar more like this
uin 249206 more like this
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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 Sir Charles Walker more like this
tabling member
318
label Biography information for John Spellar more like this
1126071
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
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 Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: ICT more like this
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, pursuant to the Answer of 7 May 2019 to Question 249206 on Members: Allowances, what the (a) forecast and (b) final cost was of the new IPSA IT system; and what assessment was made of additional costs that would be incurred by MPs' staff to work on the new system. more like this
tabling member constituency Warley more like this
tabling member printed
John Spellar more like this
uin 253492 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
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. At that time, IPSA expected the programme to be completed in 2017-18. The full costs of the system are now forecast to be £8.253 million.</p><p>The increase in cost was due in part to the unexpected General Election of June 2017 which diverted all IPSA work for up to nine months to supporting MPs who left or joined parliament, and increased supplier costs. Costs also increased following our change of suppliers in September 2018 to improve the quality of IPSA’s IT support. IPSA also spent longer than anticipated on testing the new system so that IPSA could have confidence that it would be fully secure and free of technical problems. The increases in cost have been partly mitigated by savings elsewhere in IPSA’s budget.</p><p>The new system administers MPs’ pay and business costs more efficiently and effectively, providing improved support to MPs and their staff while saving taxpayers’ money. MPs and their staff will benefit from these improvements by being able to access information and make changes to their staffing budget or office leases without needing to contact IPSA staff. They can now also access IPSA’s system directly through their secure parliamentary digital account without an additional logon. MPs and staff no longer need to send IPSA paper receipts and invoices through the post, but can scan and photograph them and upload them to IPSA digitally. The new system can also reimburse MPs’ staff directly rather than via the MP. On the basis of the experience so far, IPSA estimate that MPs will need to spend around 30 per cent less time overall on the new system than they did on the old one.</p><p>However, IPSA recognise that many MPs and their staff still need to get used to the new system. IPSA are therefore conducting group and one-to-one training in Parliament and have staff available on the phone to answer queries. IPSA are putting on more such training sessions in response to demand, with a regular presence in Portcullis House.</p><p>IPSA will shortly conduct a survey to gather more feedback about the new system, with plans for further improvements in due course. 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>
answering member constituency Broxbourne more like this
answering member printed Mr Charles Walker more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-20T12:41:32.997Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-20T12:41:32.997Z
answering member
1493
label Biography information for Sir Charles Walker more like this
tabling member
318
label Biography information for John Spellar more like this
1126072
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
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 Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Buildings more like this
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 the cost has been of the move by IPSA to new premises in central London; and what assessment was made of the potential merits of moving the organisation to a cheaper location outside London. more like this
tabling member constituency Warley more like this
tabling member printed
John Spellar more like this
uin 253493 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
answer text <p>I have asked IPSA to reply.</p><p>IPSA moved into new office premises at 85 Strand in March 2019. The forecasted cost of this move is £732,900. This budget was approved by the Speaker’s Committee for the IPSA in January 2018. IPSA’s Annual Accounts for the 2018-19 financial year are being finalised and will be laid in Parliament in November. The Speaker’s Committee will have an opportunity to scrutinise this and other expenditure.</p><p>After reviewing properties on the market, the offices selected met IPSA’s criteria and offered the best value for money to the taxpayer over the long term, with competitive running cost over the life of the lease after completing initial fit-out work. Locations outside of London were considered. IPSA concluded that basing IPSA’s office in London and within reasonable distance of Parliament would ensure that IPSA can provide a better support to MPs and their staff, including regular meetings between them and their IPSA account managers.</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 2019-05-20T12:40:18.25Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-20T12:40:18.25Z
answering member
1493
label Biography information for Sir Charles Walker more like this
tabling member
318
label Biography information for John Spellar more like this
1128446
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-23more like thismore than 2019-05-23
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 Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Buildings more like this
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, pursuant to the Answer of 20 May 2019 to Question 253493 on Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Location, how many staff are located in the new premises at 85 Strand; how much floor space those staff occupy; at what rate per square metre; which locations were considered outside London for new premises; and what the comparable cost would have been in locating those staff outside London. more like this
tabling member constituency Warley more like this
tabling member printed
John Spellar more like this
uin 257645 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
answer text <p>I have asked IPSA to reply.</p><p>IPSA currently has 69 members of staff. It included in its office requirements space for up to 76 staff in order to provide flexibility for periods where there is a higher volume of work and therefore a need for additional temporary staff, such as General Election periods.</p><p>To disclose the size of the office or rate paid per square metre would be prejudicial to commercial interests. IPSA’s annual accounts are laid in Parliament and published each year, and will provide information about operational costs.</p><p>Before choosing its offices at 85 Strand, IPSA considered potential premises in Croydon and Milton Keynes, as well as Stratford and Canary Wharf in London, but determined that the selected location provided the prospect of better support to MPs and better value for money for the taxpayer.</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 2019-06-05T09:35:36.71Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-05T09:35:36.71Z
answering member
1493
label Biography information for Sir Charles Walker more like this
tabling member
318
label Biography information for John Spellar more like this