COMMONS

Decisions 16 October 2013

Wednesday 16 October 2013 at 2pm in Committee Room 13

Members present:

John Thurso (in the Chair)
Clive Betts
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Robert Flello
James Gray
Sir Alan Haselhurst
George Howarth
Lindsay Hoyle
Greg Knight

1. Matters arising from the informal note

The Committee noted that the Commission had confirmed that the transfer of the House of Commons Staff Pension Scheme to the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme would take place on 1 April 2014.

The Committee noted that the Commission had asked it to gather and present to the Commission information on the use of casual staff and zero hours contracts by the House Service, and possible alternative models for the employment of those working variable hours.  It agreed in outline how to proceed with this task.

2. Audit committees' reports

The Committee took note of the Audit Committees’ annual reports for 2012/13 and agreed its advice to the Commission.

3. Education Centre

The Committee took note of the paper and agreed its advice to the Commission.

4. Medium-term financial plan and savings programme

The Committee took note of the papers and agreed its provisional advice to the Commission on levels of grant funding in the period 2014/15 to 2017/18.

5. Agreement of report

The Committee agreed its Report, House of Commons Financial Plan 2014/15–2017/18, including draft Estimates for 2014/15, for publication on 23 October.  (Formal minutes will be published in the Report.)

6. Accommodation and Logistics Services: Business improvement plan

The Committee discussed aspects of the plan with the Director General, Facilities and the Director of Accommodation & Logistics Services.

7. Review of shared services

The Committee took note of the paper.

8. Date and time of next meeting

Wednesday 30 October at 2.00pm.