Decisions

Thursday 12 July 2007

Members present:

Sir Stuart Bell, in the Chair
Mr Clive Betts
Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Ms Mary Creagh
Mr Frank Doran
Ms Barbara Keeley
Mr Robert Key
Mr Tommy McAvoy

1. STEWARDSHIP: ANNUAL REPORT

The Committee considered the stewardship report for 2006-07. They took note of the significant underspend and the reasons for it.

2. SECURITY-RELATED EXPENDITURE: TERMLY REPORT

The Committee were briefed by the Parliamentary Security Co-ordinator on current projects. They took note of progress and agreed to the proposed tender of the offsite vehicle inspection facility. They also noted the reference from the Audit Committee on the management of the Metropolitan Police contract.

3. WORKS SPENDING TERMLY REPORT

The Committee were briefed by the Serjeant at Arms and took note of his paper. They asked for a presentation in the autumn on the options for major strategic projects such as repair of the cast iron roofs and replacement of the mechanical and electrical systems, including the benefits and risks of phased partial closure of the building.

4. MAJOR REFURBISHMENT€”FEASIBILITY STUDY

In view of the further information on major projects supplied by the consultants since the Commission referred this matter to the Committee, it was decided that further spending was probably not necessary to conduct the feasibility study on major refurbishment.

5. INTERNATIONAL PARLIAMENTARY BODIES

The Committee agreed a letter to be sent to the four groups seeking further information to be considered at their next meeting. It was also agreed to bring this matter to a conclusion if possible at the Commission meeting on 26 November.

6. WORKS OF ART: ANNUAL REPORT

The Committee took note of the report. The Director of Finance and Administration explained that, unusually, funds were carried over from one year to the next to enable the purchase of major items when the opportunity arose.

7. OSCE ELECTION MONITORING

The Committee were unable to reach consensus on the proposal that additional funds be provided for election monitoring. It was agreed that the subject might be reconsidered in due course in the wider context of priorities for spending on international parliamentary activity.

8. TEBBIT REPORT

The Committee agreed to consider at their next meeting both the recommendations which had a direct effect on the Committee and the wider proposals affecting financial management and performance measurement.

[Adjourned till Thursday 18 October at 9.45 am.