Committee Chairs

Commons in Session

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The full list of elected committee chairs for the new Parliament has been announced by the Speaker, the Rt Hon John Bercow. All successful candidates are listed below. This includes 19 departmental select committees and a selection of other committees elected under Standing Order Number 122B. The chair of the Backbench Business Committee is elected separately, under Standing Order 122D.


The successful candidates are:

And, elected under Standing Order 122D:

Committees where no election is necessary (for which a single nomination was received)

Departmental committees:

Other specified select committees:

The successful candidates will take up their position as Chair of the committee when the remaining members of the committee have been appointed by the House.

Further details for each position of Chair, including nominations and supporting statements, are available on individual committee pages.

Do you have a Windows 7 machine?

Unfortunately, Windows 7 machines are still not able to log into the VPN, but you can still log into them as a ‘local’ machine.  The IT folks are still working on getting these machines connected, and hopefully everything will be up and running next week.

Responding to the recent cyber-attack

As things settle down following the ‘sustained and determined’ cyberattack on Parliamentary IT systems , Daniel Thornton of the Institute for Government has posted an article  in which he says  that MPs are particularly vulnerable and need to take responsibility for their cyber security.

You can read it on their website.  Daniel notes that ‘the parliamentary authorities, drawing upon advice from NCSC, do provide support to MPs. But MPs are often too busy to take advantage of this support and many do not understand the issues involved.,

And he goes on to say:

Three steps could be taken to support cyber security in Parliament. Firstly, MPs must better understand digital technology. Secondly, MPs must make use of the help that is already on offer from parliamentary authorities. Finally, parliamentary authorities must improve digital and online security.

However like many commentators he seems to believe that MPs run their own systems, and doesn’t consider the skills and capabilities of staff, who need support to learn and deal with these many risks.



Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 27 June 2017

As always, please ensure that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer may be out of date.

Please go here to see the new information (you need to have an intranet login to access this page).

Having problems logging in?

As you will be aware, as a result of the cyber-attack at the weekend, the good folks in the IT department have been working round the clock to protect the system.

Many of you will find that you are having problems logging in at the moment, whilst the work is ongoing.

Please do not ring the help desk.   If you’re on the Parliamentary estate, please be patient and don’t swamp the help desk with calls – they are working on it as fast as they can, and every extra phone call takes them away from the task in hand.   If  you do need to speak to someone, please go one of the drop-in centres instead:

Drop-in centres
Lords Members and Lords Members staff: Moses Room (9am)
Commons Members: Members Centre, PCH (9am)

Commons Members staff: Boothroyd Room (10am)
Staff of both Houses and Digital Service Staff: Boothroyd Room (10am)

Digital Service colleagues will be floor-walking in Fielden House, Millbank House, 7 Millbank and 14 Tothill Street from 10.00 am.

If you’re in the Constituency

Please be patient.  The Digital Service team will contact you in due course – there’s a lot of people to contact, so it will take a while.

Issues with Parliamentary email

Remote access to email is currently limited following the discovery of an attack intended to disclose passwords.  This also limits remote access to the intranet.

On June 24 a parliamentary spokesperson said:

“We have discovered unauthorised attempts to access accounts of parliamentary networks users and are investigating this ongoing incident, working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre.

Parliament has robust measures in place to protect all of our accounts and systems, and we are taking the necessary steps to protect and secure our network.

As a precaution we have temporarily restricted remote access to the network.

As a result, some Members of Parliament and staff cannot access their email accounts outside of Westminster.

IT services on the Parliamentary Estate are working normally.

We will continue to keep Members of both Houses of Parliament and the public updated as the situation develops.”


Information about Brexit process and negotiations

The UK lawyer and journalist David Allen Green has a series of tweets in which he offers his suggestions for places to look/people to follow for information about Brexit.  It’s presented here ‘without comment’


@davidallengreen tweets at

1.  So – which accounts should you follow so as to follow the thrills and spills of the Brexit negotiations?

2. Having followed Brexit for a year, there is a broad hierarchy of sources of useful reliable information.

Without snark, as follows.

3. The most reliable information on Brexit will come from the EU institutions.

Unfortunate for UK, but sadly true.

4. This is the page of the EU negotiation team:

5. The official EU commission account is @EU_Commission. But @MichelBarnier and (especially) @WeyandSabine are the ones to follow.

6. The latter is the EU’s deputy chief negotiator, and her RTs. tweets and likes are interesting and indicative.

7. Most of the EU key documents will be posted speedily and will be available in plain sight.

8. After the EU, the best sources are certain journalists. (You will see UK government will be further down this list, at number

9. In particular, peerless @alexebarker. If did not write for FT, I would subscribe for his stuff on Brexit. Also @ftbrussels generally.

10. Some other excellent journalists to follow on Brexit:


11. (Apologies to those missed off, but I will RT their good stuff as well. Some outstanding Brexit journalism out there.)

12. The third best source for information on Brexit is, oddly, the UK parliament (not the government).

13. House of Commons library @commonslibrary has produced outstandingly thorough briefings on EU issues (pity MPs don’t read them enough)

14. And various Commons and Lords committees have also provided outstanding reports. Both @CommonsEUexit and @LordsEUCom should be followed.

15. With parliamentary reports, the detailed oral and written evidence is also posted and always worth looking at, not just the reports.

16. The fourth best source for reliable Brexit information are various thinktanks: @CER_EU @Bruegel_org @instituteforgov are must-follows.

17. And fifth and last, comes the UK government, which is woeful on providing reliable Brexit information. But for completeness, @DExEUgov.

18. For commentary rather than than information, I am sure you all have your preferred sources. But this thread not about commentary.