Carol Mills

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns Conservative, Chelmsford

To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether (a) Mr Speaker and (b) other members of the panel were informed by the headhunters, Saxton Bampfylde, of the potential problem surrounding Ms Mills in the Australian Parliament before the decision was taken to recommend Ms Mills' appointment as the next Clerk of the House and Chief Executive.

Photo of John Thurso John Thurso Chair, Finance and Services Committee, Chair, Finance and Services Committee

Saxton Bampfylde provided written notes on each candidate interviewed on 30 July, and a representative of the company was available to talk to the panel if required. The notes on Ms Mills did not refer to an investigation into the use of closed circuit television footage by officers of the Parliament of Australia’s Department of Parliamentary Services.

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