Parliamentary Works Estimates Commission Contents

Second Report from the Procedure and Privileges Committee

Parliamentary Works Estimates Commission

1.The Parliamentary Works Estimates Commission is a statutory body established under the Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Act 2019. It will consider and lay the Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body’s estimates before the House of Commons for approval and assess the Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body’s proposed expenditure. The Estimates Commission is expected to be established later in 2020 and will consist of four members: two from the Commons and two from the Lords.

2.We recommend that the Lords members of the Parliamentary Works Estimates Commission should be nominated by the House of Lords Commission and appointed by resolution of the House. It is anticipated that the Senior Deputy Speaker, who is also spokesperson for the House of Lords Commission, will be appointed one of the two Lords members. The Senior Deputy Speaker may make written statements on behalf of the Estimates Commission and would answer any written questions.

3.If agreed, amendments will be made to the Companion to the Standing Orders to reflect these arrangements.

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