Decisions

Monday 19 June 2006 at 5.00 pm in Speaker's House

Present:

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

1. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: INFORMATION NOTICE

The Committee gave guidance on handling of the Information Notice received.

2. OVERNIGHT STAYS DURING TRAVEL

The Committee agreed to allow for reimbursement under the Additional Costs Allowance of overnight stays on journeys to and from the constituency when it was not practicable to complete the journey in one day, so long as any such arrangements were cleared in advance with the Department of Finance and Administration: and endorsed the exceptional concessions given in relation to certain ACA claims.

3. GREEN BOOK

The Committee agreed to amendments to the Green Book and to its publication as soon as practicable.

4. MEMBERS ESTIMATE AUDIT COMMITTEE

The Committee took note of the Annual Report of the Members Estimate Audit Committee, and agreed to amend the Audit Committee's terms of reference to include consideration of management letters.

5. CARBON OFFSET

The Committee agreed to make annual contributions to Defra's Government Carbon Offsetting Fund to cover the carbon costs of Members' air travel paid for from the Members Estimate.