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Written Answers — Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Members: Travel (30 Sep 2019)

Charles Walker: IPSA provides funding for MPs to travel in order to fulfil their parliamentary duties. This includes travel from anywhere in the UK back to Westminster, for parliamentary reasons. Following the Supreme Court’s judgement and the resumption of Parliament on 25 September 2019, IPSA also funded MPs’ travel costs from other countries where necessary, in order for them to return to Parliament....

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Stargardt's Disease (16 Jul 2019)

Charles Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) prevalence and (b) adequacy of treatment options for the retinal degenerative disease Stargardt's.

Written Answers — Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Members: Allowances (10 Jul 2019)

Charles Walker: I have asked IPSA to reply. The original April 2016 business case for IPSA’s new IT system, IPSA Online, estimated a cost of £4.641 million. IPSA expected the programme to be completed in 2017-18. The full costs incurred to ensure IPSA could go live with IPSA Online at the beginning of the current financial year were £8.253 million. The increase in cost was due in part to the unexpected...

Written Answers — Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: ICT (10 Jul 2019)

Charles Walker: I have asked IPSA to reply. The original April 2016 business case for IPSA’s new IT system, IPSA Online, estimated a cost of £4.641 million. IPSA expected the programme to be completed in 2017-18. The full costs incurred to ensure IPSA could go live with IPSA Online at the beginning of the current financial year were £8.253 million. The increase in cost was due in part to the unexpected...

Written Answers — Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Members: Internet (25 Jun 2019)

Charles Walker: I have asked IPSA to provide this reply. IPSA is the statutory body responsible for regulating and paying the salaries, business costs and expenses of MPs. This includes regulating and paying the salaries of staff members who work for MPs. Each MP is allocated a budget from which their staffing costs are paid. The current staffing budget for MPs in London constituencies is £166,930; and...

Written Answers — Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Location (20 Jun 2019)

Charles Walker: Holding answer received on 18 June 2019 When moving offices, IPSA considered locations only in London and the South East, as evidence from other public bodies shows that organisations that relocate by a significant distance tend to lose more staff. IPSA is a small organisation and wished to retain its staff in order to continue uninterrupted its support to MPs, including regular...

Written Answers — Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Offices (20 Jun 2019)

Charles Walker: Holding answer received on 18 June 2019 It is common practice for landlords to prohibit the publication of commercial agreements reached with their tenants. This is the case regarding the lease signed by IPSA and its landlord. IPSA is nonetheless a public body accountable to Parliament and its accounts are audited by the National Audit Office and scrutinised by the Speaker’s...

Written Answers — Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Members: Allowances (20 Jun 2019)

Charles Walker: Holding answer received on 18 June 2019 IPSA considered a range of options for its new system of reimbursing MPs’ business costs and expenses. The system selected is more integrated and efficient than its predecessor systems, and holds the personal data of MPs and their staff more securely. The software selected is widely used in the United Kingdom, including in many public...

Written Answers — Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Members: Email (20 Jun 2019)

Charles Walker: Holding answer received on 18 June 2019 IPSA has a key performance target to respond to 90 per cent of emails within five working days. Between 1 June and 13 June, IPSA responded to 88 per cent of the 563 emails received within this target. IPSA has recently brought in five temporary staff to help improve its response times following the introduction of a new finance, payroll and...

Written Answers — Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Working Hours (20 Jun 2019)

Charles Walker: Holding answer received on 18 June 2019 IPSA’s December 2018 user survey found that 68 per cent of MPs and their staff were satisfied with the support that they receive from IPSA on the phone, up from 53 per cent in 2017. Since the introduction of its new online finance and expenses system in April 2019, IPSA has experienced a higher-than-normal volume of calls, with some calls...

Written Answers — Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: ICT (13 Jun 2019)

Charles Walker: Holding answer received on 10 June 2019 I have asked IPSA to reply. As the system is new, IPSA continue to work closely with MPs and their staff to help them understand how IPSA Online works, and how to realise the full benefits. We are continuing to hold group and one-to-one training in Parliament and have staff available on the phone to answer queries. IPSA are conducting a survey...

Written Answers — Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Buildings (5 Jun 2019)

Charles Walker: I have asked IPSA to reply. IPSA currently has 69 members of staff. It included in its office requirements space for up to 76 staff in order to provide flexibility for periods where there is a higher volume of work and therefore a need for additional temporary staff, such as General Election periods. To disclose the size of the office or rate paid per square metre would be prejudicial to...

Written Answers — Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: ICT (20 May 2019)

Charles Walker: I have asked IPSA to reply. The original April 2016 business case for IPSA’s new IT system, IPSA Online, estimated a cost of £4.641 million. At that time, IPSA expected the programme to be completed in 2017-18. The full costs of the system are now forecast to be £8.253 million. The increase in cost was due in part to the unexpected General Election of June 2017 which diverted all IPSA...

Written Answers — Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Location (20 May 2019)

Charles Walker: I have asked IPSA to reply. IPSA moved into new office premises at 85 Strand in March 2019. The forecasted cost of this move is £732,900. This budget was approved by the Speaker’s Committee for the IPSA in January 2018. IPSA’s Annual Accounts for the 2018-19 financial year are being finalised and will be laid in Parliament in November. The Speaker’s Committee will have an opportunity...

Written Answers — Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Members: Allowances (7 May 2019)

Charles Walker: As part of its role to approve IPSA’s Estimate, in March 2016, the Speaker’s Committee approved funds for a wide-ranging improvement programme, including plans for a new IT system, IPSA Online. This took into account longstanding feedback from MPs and their staff about the need to modernise and improve IPSA’s systems and processes. In subsequent years, the Speaker’s Committee has...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastics: Marine Environment (1 Apr 2019)

Charles Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to lead efforts to tackle the global problem of marine plastic pollution; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Members: Finance (14 Mar 2019)

Charles Walker: The Independent Parliamentary Standard Authority (IPSA) was established to ensure MPs have the funding and support they need to conduct their parliamentary duties effectively. IPSA is also responsible for setting the level of the MPs’ Staffing Budget and for periodically consulting on all aspects of its expenses scheme, including on Members’ staff expenditure. At these times, Members and...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: House of Commons: Governing Bodies (30 Jan 2019)

Charles Walker: To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many House of Commons bodies include lay members.

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Parliamentary Estate: Alcoholic Drinks (17 Jan 2019)

Charles Walker: To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, for what reasons the Commission has restricted the sale of alcohol in parliamentary cafeterias selling food; and how that policy is intended to promote responsible alcohol consumption.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (8 Jan 2019)

Charles Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what powers his Department has devolved to the Mayor of London to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping; and if he will make a statement.


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