COMMONS

Decisions 25 April 2012

Wednesday 25 April 2012 at 2pm in Committee Room 13

Members present:

John Thurso (in the Chair)
Sir Paul Beresford
Clive Betts
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Robert Flello
James Gray
Sir Alan Haselhurst
George Howarth
Shailesh Vara
Iain Wright

1. Matters arising from the informal note

Sir Alan Haselhurst had been omitted from the list of apologies for the previous meeting.

2. Savings programme in the light of debate in the Chamber on charging for Clock tower tours (15 March)

The Committee considered a note by the Chair.

3. Non-cash costs: Staff pension scheme and Estate valuation

The Committee agreed its advice to the Commission regarding the accounting treatment of non-cash costs for consideration by the Commission on 14 May.

4. BAPG request

The Committee agreed to recommend to the Commission that it should not agree to a request from the British American Parliamentary Group for additional funding in 2012/13.

5. Savings programme: Income generation-Charity

The Committee considered a paper on the process for assessing a business case for the establishment of a charity as part of the income generation strand of the Savings Programme.

6. Update on the contract for maintenance of trees in Portcullis House

The Committee noted the revised contractual arrangements for the maintenance of the trees in Portcullis House.

7. Update on proposed Standing Order

The Committee agreed to write again to the Procedure Committee about the proposed standing order on motions and amendments with implications for the House of Commons Administration budget.

8. Date and time of next meeting

Wednesday 16 May at 2.00pm.