Thursday 12 February 2009
Sir Stuart Bell (in the Chair)
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Frank Doran
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Mr Robert Key
Mr Brooks Newmark
Mr John Spellar
1. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE INFORMAL NOTE
The Committee agreed that further information should be requested from PICT about wireless access, particularly about whether additional wireless access could be obtained in committee rooms without further expenditure.
2. PROPOSAL FOR ANNUAL BUDGET DEBATE
The Committee agreed to recommend that the existing Westminster Hall debate on the Commission's annual report be adapted so that the House's budget and spending priorities could be discussed, and that, in principle, the House should not be asked to make decisions with significant financial implications before the Committee has had the opportunity to consider them and express a view.
3. DEFINITION OF PARLIAMENTARY BUSINESS FOR INSURANCE PURPOSES
The Committee took note of the paper, and indicated aspects on which Members needed more information.
4. ACCOUNTS OF ASSOCIATION OF FORMER MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
The Committee took note of the report and accounts.
5. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
The Committee agreed to consider pension arrangements for collectively-employed staff again at its next meeting.
[Adjourned till Thursday 19 March 2009 at 9.50 am.