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Update

December 1, 2016 — The Honourable Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons and Chair of the Board of Internal Economy, has tabled the minutes for the October 27, 2016 Board meeting.

December 1, 2016 — The House of Commons financial statements for 2015-2016 are now available.

November 3, 2016 — The Report to Canadians 2016 is now available for consultation.

November 3, 2016 — The Honourable Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons and Chair of the Board of Internal Economy, has tabled the minutes for the September 29 and October 17, 2016 Board meetings.

October 6, 2016 — The Honourable Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons and Chair of the Board of Internal Economy, has tabled the minutes for the June 16, 2016 Board meeting.

September 21, 2016 – The Members’ Expenditure Report for the first quarter of 2016-2017 and the Public Registry of Designated Travellers as at June 30, 2016 are now available.

May 5, 2016 — The Honourable Geoff Regan, Speaker of the House of Commons and Chair of the Board of Internal Economy, has tabled the minutes for the February 18 and March 10, 2016 Board meetings.

April 22 2016 - Following approval by the Board of Internal Economy, the Strategic Plan 2016-2019 was tabled and is now available for consultation.

Board of Internal Economy

Introduction

The Board of Internal Economy (the Board) is committed to increasing public understanding about its role and the expenditures of the House of Commons and its Members. To help meet this objective, this section provides detailed information about the Board of Internal Economy. The Board is also working hard to make expenditure and financial reports clearer and easier to access.

About the Board of Internal Economy

Role of the Board of Internal Economy

The Board of Internal Economy is the governing body of the House of Commons.

In this capacity, the Board makes decisions and provides direction on financial and administrative matters of the House of Commons, specifically concerning its premises, its services, its staff and Members of the House of Commons.

The Board is responsible for establishing By-laws, policies and guidelines relating to expenditures and resources provided to Members in order to carry out their parliamentary functions. The Board also has the exclusive authority to determine whether expenditures are proper and in accordance with the By-laws, policies and guidelines that have been established. This authority is given to the Board by the Parliament of Canada Act.

Membership of the Board

The Board consists of the Speaker, who acts as Chair, two members of the Privy Council (appointed to the Board by the Government), the Leader of the Opposition or his or her representative, and additional Members appointed in numbers so that the total results in an overall equality of government and opposition representatives (apart from the Speaker). The Clerk of the House of Commons, who reports to the Speaker, serves as Secretary to the Board of Internal Economy.

Decisions of the Board of Internal Economy are made on a non-partisan basis. All recognized parties (i.e. those holding at least 12 seats in the House) are given representation on the Board.

The Board of Internal Economy designates two spokespersons from its membership: a member of the Government and a member of the Official Opposition. They respond to questions related to Board business during Question Period and to enquiries from the media.

View the current membership of the Board of Internal Economy.

More Information

For more information about the Board: