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.

Flats to rent in Pimlico

Ref: 2785

Some good friends of mine have two flats to rent in Pimlico

Flat 5, 53 St George’s Sq:
2 bed
separate kitchen
large sitting room overlooking the square

Flat 1, 1 St George’s Sq (Just vacated by a non returned MP)
2 bed
split level
bathroom with additional separate loo upstairs

These flats are both advertised externally for £550 per week but would be willing to negotiate for the right people.


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.

Room for rent – Leytonstone

Ref: 2783

Furnished single bedroom for rent in two-bed flat in Leytonstone E11.  Less than ten mins from Leyton tube (Central Line) and 20 mins from Stratford (Central, Jubilee, DLR, Overground).

£510pcm inc bills.  Comes with parking space.


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.