Role of the Commission

The Commission is responsible for the administration and services of the House of Commons, including the maintenance of the Palace of Westminster and the rest of the Parliamentary Estate.

Once a year the Commission presents to the House for its approval the 'Estimate for House of Commons: Administration', covering spending on the administration and services of the House for the financial year. The Commission meets approximately once a month in Speaker’s House.

The Commission provides the non-executive governance of the House by Members, but it does not manage day to day operations. Until July 2015 it had delegated this power to the senior officials who made up the House of Commons Management Board. These responsibilities will now fall to the newly appointed Executive Committee.

The new Executive Committee’s main delegated responsibilities are delivery of the strategy as agreed by the Commission and ensuring that the terms and conditions of staff are consistent with the Commission’s statutory duties. The Executive Committee comprises the Director General of the House of Commons as chair, the Clerk of the House of Commons, the head of the Department of Chamber and Committee Services, the head of the Department of Facilities, the Director of Finance, the head of the Department of Human Resources and Change, the head of the Department of Information Services and two external members.  In addition the Executive Committee may co-opt the Director of the Parliamentary Digital Service and/or the Parliamentary Security Director into its membership. 

The Commission is not responsible for expenditure on Members’ salaries, pensions and allowances. Members' pensions are considered by the Members Estimate Committee, which has the same membership as the Commission. Salaries and allowances are considered by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA)

Questions to the Commission

Rt Hon Tom Brake MP answers both oral and written questions on behalf of the Commission.