Finance and Services Committee - role

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The Finance and Services Committee is established under Standing Order No. 144. It considers expenditure on, and the administration of, services for the House of Commons: it has responsibility for detailed scrutiny of the House’s budgets. On 20 March 2013 the House agreed changes to Standing Order No.144 that widened the scope of the Committee’s work to include services provided from the House of Commons: Members Estimate as well as the House of Commons: Administration Estimate.

The main functions of the Committee are:

  • to prepare the Administration Estimate and Members Estimate for submission to the House of Commons Commission and the Members Estimate Committee respectively;
  • to monitor the financial performance of the House Administration; and
  • to report to the House of Commons Commission, the Members Estimate Committee or the Speaker on the financial and administrative implications of recommendations made to them by other Committees of the House.

The Committee has eleven members: in practice including the Chair of the Administration Committee and the Chairman of Ways and Means. It is chaired by a member of the House of Commons Commission. It meets approximately once a month when the House is sitting. Meetings are regularly held in private and the Committee is assisted by the Director of Finance and other House staff as appropriate.