First weeks at Westminster: induction arrangements for new MPs in 2015

Inquiry status: Responses from the House of Commons Commission and the Members Estimates Committee, and the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) published on 5 December 2013.

In January 2013, the Administration Committee announced that it would inquire into induction arrangements for new Members of Parliament after the next general election.

The Committee wanted to consider what new MPs would need on first arrival at Westminster to enable them to undertake their parliamentary duties.

It considered

  • office accommodation for Members and their staff
  • advice and training on employment of staff
  • IT at Westminster and the constituency
  • financial support from IPSA
  • training in parliamentary procedures and activities; and
  • orientation on the parliamentary estate.

The Committee also reviewed implementation of the recommendations made in its 2005 report Post-election services, and the experiences of up to 230 new Members after the 2010 election.



  • Close


    • Reports and associated evidence – Reports of Committee inquires. This category may also include Special Reports where they are used by a Committee to bring matters relating to conduct of its business to the notice of the House.
    • Responses to Reports - Responses may be published as a Special Report, or as a Command Paper. They may also be appended to a Report should the Committee have substantial comments on the Response, in which case they can be found listed under Reports. 
    • Other oral and written evidence - Evidence taken by the Committee that has yet to or did not result in the publication of a Report. This includes transcripts of recent meetings.
    • Estimate Memoranda - An Estimate memorandum is an explanatory note that accompanies a government department’s estimate (a means by which a department seeks authority from Parliament for its spending plans).
    • Correspondence - Correspondence sent from or received by the Committee or its Chair.