Decisions

Thursday 3 December 2009

Members present:

Sir Stuart Bell (in the Chair)
Mr Clive Betts
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Mr Robert Key
Mr Brooks Newmark
Mr John Spellar

1. ANNUAL REPORT ETC OF HISTORY OF PARLIAMENT TRUST

The Committee took note of the Trust's annual report and financial statement for 2008/09 and the plan for 2009/10 to 2012/13. It confirmed its view that the Trust's funding from the House should be subject to the same percentage savings from 2010/11 as the House's own budget, agreed that it would consider the adequacy of the Trust's reserves when examining the next annual report, and agreed to communicate to the Commission the minority view on the Committee that the Trust's funding should not be reduced over the three-year period.

2. ANNUAL REPORT OF ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON WORKS OF ART

The Committee took note of the annual report.

3. E-PETITIONS

The Committee instructed its Clerk to work with the Clerk of the Procedure Committee to devise a scheme for e-petitions which had a reduced cost and did not involve printing e-petitions.

4. TERMLY REPORT ON SECURITY EXPENDITURE

The Committee took note of the report.

5. PENSIONS FOR PRU STAFF

The Committee agreed that, in view of the creation of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), the decision in principle of 18 June concerning participation by staff of the Parliamentary Resources Unit in the Portcullis pension scheme, the death in service scheme and childcare vouchers should not be confirmed, and that, instead, the Chairman should write to the IPSA recommending that the IPSA allow PRU staff to participate in these or comparable schemes with the substantive costs being met by the IPSA.

6. FUTURE MEETING DATES

The Committee agreed to meet on the following dates: Thursday 28 January, Thursday 4 March and Thursday 18 March, all at 9.50 am.

[Adjourned till Thursday 28 January 2010 at 9.50 am.