Committees relating to the Estimate for House of Commons: Members

38.80The members of the House of Commons Commission, appointed under the House of Commons (Administration) Act 1978, have been constituted since 2004 as the Members' Estimate Committee,1 the principal purpose of which is to keep under review, and modify as necessary, resolutions of the House relating to expenditure charged to the House of Commons: Members' Estimate.2 The Committee is not empowered to create a new form of charge on that Estimate nor to increase any rate of charge or payment determined by a resolution of the House. It does not have the usual powers of a select committee but is able to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House and to report from time to time, and in any case at least annually, codified and up-to-date provisions of resolutions relating to the Estimate. Provision was made in 2009 under Standing Order No 152G for a Select Committee on Members' Expenses to consider such matters relating to expenses as may be referred to it by the House.3

Footnotes

  1. 1. The House of Commons Commission and the Members' Estimates Committee usually meet at the same time and place.
  2. 2. SO No 152D; see, for example, First Report, Consolidated list of provisions of the Resolutions of the House relating to expenditure charged to the Estimate for House of Commons: Members as at 16 July 2018, HC 1442.
  3. 3. SO No 156G; HC Deb (2008–09) 486, cc 914–70 and ibid 488, c 818.