Decisions

Monday 10 March 2008 at 5pm in Speaker's House

Present:

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

1. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES REVIEW (MEC)

The Committee agreed to instruct the Department of Resources that, with effect from 1 April 2008, no claim against allowances of £25 or more per item will be reimbursed unless it is accompanied by a receipt. A report was agreed for publication on Tuesday 11 March (Review of Allowances: threshold for receipts€”HC 415).

2. STAFFING ALLOWANCE (MEC)

It was agreed that, in accordance with the decisions of the House on 24 January, that the staffing allowance for 2008-09 should be the base figure of £96,630 recommended in July 2007 by the SSRB, uprated by appropriate index; that this should take effect from 1 April 2008; that the timing of the implementation of the SSRB recommendation for a higher rate for staff based in London should be considered with other aspects of the Review of Allowances in July; and that the Department of Resources should notify all Members as soon as possible.

3. NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the Commission/MEC will take place on Monday 31 March 2008 at 5pm in Speaker's House.