Monday 6 November 2006 at 5.00 pm in Speaker's House


The Speaker, in the Chair
Sir Stuart Bell
Nick Harvey
Leader of the House
Mr David Maclean
Mrs Theresa May

1. Communications Allowance

The Committee noted the Resolution of the House of 1 November 2006:

That this House welcomes the principle of establishing, from 1st April 2007, a separate Allowance for Members of Parliament to assist in the work of communicating with the public on parliamentary business and instructs the Members Estimate Committee to prepare a detailed proposal for such an allowance

and agreed to consider at its next meeting a paper from the Director of Finance and Administration on implementing the Resolution.

2. Advisory Panel on Members Allowances

The Committee agreed to a request from the Advisory Panel to see the advice given to the Committee in June 2006 by the Accounting Officer on the subject of Members' main homes.

3. Electoral Commission

The Committee agreed to refer to the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission a proposal from the Electoral Commission on the reporting of loans, mortgages and overdrafts by Members of Parliament.