The Tribunal is conducting a comprehensive review of its for the use of parliamentary allowances and the Electorate Office & Communications (EO&C) Budget. The Tribunal indicated its intention to conduct a broad review of the Guidelines in its Statement of Reasons accompanying the publication of the current , in effect since 23 December 2019.
The review is intended to be holistic to ensure the Guidelines are modernised and designed to support the broader compliance framework within which they operate. Any opinion or proposal for the Guidelines may be considered, provided that it is consistent with the principles that underpin the framework, as set out in the .
Draft Guidelines are now available for review
The Tribunal now makes the draft Guidelines available for review and invites all interested parties to make a submission to provide feedback before they are finalised.
The draft Guidelines and an explanatory Consultation Paper summarising the proposed changes and review process are available below for download.
All submissions will be published in full or in summary form as appropriate on the Tribunal’s website, unless the person making the submission seeks confidentiality or the submission contains information that is identified as commercially sensitive. In this instance, the submission will be published in a form which protects the confidentiality or commercial sensitivity.
This will be the final consultation process on the draft Guidelines. Following the Tribunal’s consideration of submissions, the Tribunal intends to make the new Guidelines in early 2021.
Those affected by the new Guidelines, particularly MPs and relevant Officers, will be notified in advance of the date that the new guidelines take effect.
Consultation undertaken to date
The Tribunal commenced the review by publishing an Issues Paper and invited written and verbal submissions from all interested parties.
The Tribunal would like to express its appreciation to all those who made submissions as part of this review and assisted the Tribunal in understanding the current arrangements and practices.
The Issues Paper
The Issues Paper set out questions for consideration, however these were provided as a guide only, and should not have in any way limited what may have be included in a submission.
The Tribunal received written submissions from:
Agreed summaries of oral submissions heard by the Tribunal:
All submissions have been published in full or in summary form, unless the person or body making the submission requested that certain information contained in the submission not be published. In that instance, the person or body needed to identify the information that should not be published and give reasons why that information should not be published. That information has then either not been published or, following consultation with the person or body, been published in an appropriate form.
The Tribunal may receive a request under the . Any such requests will be determined in accordance with that Act which has provisions designed to protect personal information and information given in confidence. Further information can be found at the .
Reviewed 27 November 2020