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Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

7. To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what progress the House of Commons Commission has made in its examination of the merits of extending to hon. Members’ staff the opportunity to join the pension scheme available to House staff. (270331)

The current legislative and employment framework would not permit the extension of the House of Commons staff pension scheme to the staff of hon. Members. Members’ staff are employed by Members themselves and not by the House of Commons Commission.

Changes to the terms and conditions of employment of Members’ staff are a matter for the Members Estimate Committee on advice from the Members’ Allowances Committee.