Decisions

Thursday 22 March 2007

Members present:

Sir Stuart Bell, in the Chair
Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Ms Barbara Keeley
Mr Thomas McAvoy

1. TEBBIT REVIEW

The Committee held an exchange of views with Sir Kevin Tebbit and his team on the financial management of the House, the role of the Finance & Services Committee, the relevant Braithwaite recommendations and the re-organisation of the estates and works services.

2. SECURITY-RELATED EXPENDITURE: TERMLY REPORT

The Committee endorsed the latest plans for the Access Control Project and took note of the paper from the Director of Finance and Administration.

3. WORKS EXPENDITURE: PROGRESS REPORT

The Committee heard an oral report from the Serjeant at Arms on the latest position on the Visitor Reception Building and took note of his paper on this and other current projects.

4. REFRESHMENT DEPARTMENT TRADING FORECAST 2006-07 and DRAFT BUDGET 2007-08

The Committee:

  • Took note of the Refreshment Department's forecast financial outturn for 2006-07

  • Agreed the proposed selling price strategy for 2007-08

  • Approved the draft budget for 2007-08

  • Took note of the benchmarking project initiated by the department

  • Noted that a draft strategy for the future direction of catering and retail services, as recommended by the Administration Committee, would be brought to the Finance and Services Committee by the autumn.

[Adjourned till Thursday 14 June at 9.45 am.