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Gemma White QC's report and Commission statement

11 July 2019

The House of Commons Commission has today, 11 July 2019, published a Statement on Gemma White QC's report.

Commission statement in full

We would like to thank Gemma White QC for her report and will look urgently at the recommendations she makes when we meet on Monday 15th July 2019.

We condemn bullying and harassment of MPs’ staff and offer our full support to anyone in the parliamentary community who has suffered in this way.

The Commission does not employ the staff of MPs as they are employed by MPs themselves or via political parties.

However, the Commission takes very seriously its responsibility to ensure that Parliament is a modern workplace. A number of measures have therefore been put in place by the Commission before and since Dame Laura Cox QC published her report into bullying and harassment of House staff last October.

These include:

  • An Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (ICGS) was introduced last July, alongside a new Parliamentary Behaviour Code, which can be used by everyone in Parliament, whether staff, members of either House, or visitors.
  • Plans were approved by the Commission to extend the ICGS to cover non-recent cases of bullying and harassment. Subject to agreement by Parliament, this will come into force in the autumn.
  • Work is underway to make recommendations on the non-involvement of MPs in considering bullying and harassment cases.
  • Valuing Everyone training has been introduced to ensure everyone working in Parliament is able to recognise bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct and feels confident taking action to tackle and prevent it. All MPs have been encouraged to undertake the training.

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