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Network problems

The Digital Service is aware of network issues affecting  internet, Office 365 and email connectivity from Portcullis House, Norman Shaw North, the Palace of Westminster and 1 Parliament Street. These issues have been raised with the third party provider, who are investigating with the highest priority. The Digital Service apologises for the disruption and will provide further updates as information becomes available.

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Places Available at the House of Commons Nursery

Please take note of this important service available to those working in Westminster. Places available at the House of Commons Nursery The House of Commons Nursery, located on the First Floor of 1 Parliament Street, is a bright and modern facility with a maximum capacity of up to 40 children (aged three months to five years). The setting offers a stimulating and secure environment for children’s personal educational development. The Nursery is operational 51 weeks a year and is open from 8.00am – 6.00pm, Mon to…

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Prenatal Yoga Classes at Westminster

The nursery prenatal yoga classes have been very well received and additional participants are still very welcome to join the current course which takes place every Friday 9.30-10.30 (until the 8th February 2016). The six-week course is taught by qualified yoga instructor and Club Manager of Westminster Gym, Lauren Griffin.  The course will continue to run on a rolling basis with the next set of classes starting from Friday 19th February 2016. Anyone can join this six week course at any point, however pre-booking and…

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Tax and National Insurance contributions guide for MPs and Ministers

HMRC has supplied us with the latest guidance on Tax and National Insurance contributions for MPs and Ministers. This guide is to help MPs and Ministers’ with their own personal Tax and National Insurance only; it is not a guide for constituent casework. If MPs and Ministers would like a copy of this document, please contact us and we will send one via email.  Please note that we will only send this to @parliament email addresses.

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POSTbrief: Measuring Performance for Carbon Budgets

Part 6 of the Energy Bill 2015-16 proposes an amendment to the Climate Change Act to adjust the performance measure used in the UK’s statutory carbon budgets. The new measure would include UK territorial emissions only. With this change, credits or debits from the EU Emissions Trading System would not contribute towards the UK’s performance against its carbon budgets from 2028 onwards. This POSTbrief introduces the carbon budgets, explains the proposed change and outlines the implications of the proposed change. Measuring Performance for the Carbon…

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Constituency Events for Staff: 2016 dates

The next three constituency events will be in Birmingham on 2nd February and Swansea on 9th February and are open to constituency staff. To book your place please email constituencystaffopenday@parliament.uk at least a week before each event (preferably earlier). Full details here.

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New Serjeant at Arms appointed

The new Serjeant  at Arms will be Mohammed Amal (Kamal) El-Hajji, who is currently Head of Front of House and VIP Relations at the Ministry of Justice. He will take over from Bob Twigger, who has been acting Serjeant at Arms since Lawrence War’s retirement last September. Described in The Times as ‘a philosophy-loving Moroccan with a black belt in karate’,  Kamal told Commons Monthly “I am deeply honoured and privileged to be selected for this historic role, which dates from 1415. I look forward to taking up duty…

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 17 December 2015. 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.

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‘Ministers Reflect’: new archive project released, collating interviews with government ministers.

The Institute For Government has released a new archive of interviews with former government ministers. The project, Ministers Reflect, publishes interviews of ministers describing what their work is like – what the challenges are, how they make themselves most effective, and what more is needed to help them work productively towards their policy objectives. The Institute For Government aims to demystify for the public the roles and duties of ministers, in this way ‘promoting effective political leadership’ and helping the government function more effectively. The archive currently…

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Access to the Parliamentary Estate over the holidays

During the Christmas recess there will be changes to entrance opening times, and on New Year’s Eve access for pedestrians and vehicles will be restricted from 2pm. The full details of which entrances are open and when can be found in the note just published on the Intranet – read it here.

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