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House of Commons Commission decisions – 16 October 2014

20 October 2014

Present:

  • The Speaker, in the Chair
  • Sir Paul Beresford
  • Frank Doran
  • Angela Eagle
  • Mr William Hague (Leader of the House)
  • John Thurso

1.           Recruitment of Clerk and Chief Executive: Interim arrangements

The Commission noted the establishment of the Select Committee on House of Commons Governance, and agreed that it should do nothing that pre-judged its outcome.  Having been advised on options, the Commission agreed the following further interim arrangements to apply while recruitment for a new Clerk/Chief Executive is paused:

  • The appointment with immediate effect of the Clerk Assistant as Acting Clerk of the House. 
  • Dame Janet Gaymer to be asked to continue to act as the interim Chair of the Management Board.
  • The appointment of an Acting Clerk Assistant to also be acting head of the Department of Chamber and Committee Services.

Both appointments would be for an initial (but extendable) period of up to six months, subject to the implementation of any decisions resulting from the work of the Select Committee on House of Commons Governance.

2.           Any other business

None

3.           Date of next meeting

The next meeting of the Commission/MEC will take place on Monday 27 October 2014 at 5.00pm in Speaker's House.

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