Members Estimate Committee
The Members Estimate Committee has the same Members
as the House of Commons Commission:
Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker
Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP
Sir Paul Beresford MP
Frank Doran MP
John Thurso MP
Rt Hon Sir George Young MP, Leader of the House
The Committee is appointed under Standing Order No
152D (House of Commons Members Estimate Committee):
shall be a committee of this House, called the House of Commons
Members Estimate Committee.
(2) The members of the committee shall be those Members
who are at any time members of the House of Commons Commission
pursuant to section 1 of the House of Commons (Administration)
Act 1978; the Speaker shall be chairman of committee; and three
shall be the quorum of the committee.
(3) The functions of the committee shall be
(a) to codify and
keep under review the provisions of the resolutions of this House
and the Guide to Members' Allowances known as the Green Book relating
to expenditure charged to the Estimate for House of Commons: Members;
(b) to modify those
provisions from time to time as the committee may think necessary
or desirable in the interests of clarity, consistency, accountability
and effective administration, and conformity with current circumstances;
(c) to provide advice,
when requested by the Speaker, on the application of those provisions
in individual cases;
(d) to carry out the
responsibilities conferred on the Speaker by the resolution of
the House of 5th July 2001 relating to Members' Allowances, Insurance,
(e) to consider appeals
against determinations made by the Committee on Members' Allowances
under paragraph (1)(d) of Standing Order No. 152G.
(4) Paragraph (3)(b) above does not empower
(a) to create a new
form of charge on the Estimate for House of Commons: Members;
(b) to increase any
rate of charge or payment determined by resolution of this House.
(5) The committee shall report to the House from
time to time, and in any case not less than once a year, the provisions
of the resolutions of this House relating to expenditure charged
to the Estimate for House of Commons: Members, as codified and
modified pursuant to paragraph (3) of this order.
(6) The committee shall have power to sit notwithstanding
any adjournment of the House.
The staff of the Committee are Dorian Gerhold, Rob
Cope and Louise Sargent.