Decisions 10 September 2012

Monday 10 September 2012 at 5pm in Speaker’s House

Present:

The Speaker, in the Chair
Sir Paul Beresford
Frank Doran
Mr Andrew Lansley (Leader of the House)
John Thurso

1.  EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY IN THE HOUSE SERVICE

The Commission agreed a package of initiatives intended to increase the representation and visibility of women and ethnic minority staff at senior levels in the House of Commons Service and asked to receive regular reports on progress.

2.  RESOLUTIONS RELATING TO EXPENDITURE CHARGED TO THE MEMBERS ESTIMATE (MEC)

The Committee agreed to up-date and re-publish in April 2013 the “Green Book” and the “Consolidated list of provisions of the Resolutions of the House relating to expenditure charged to the Estimate for House of Commons: Members”.

3.  NATO PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY

The Commission approved funding on a contingent basis to allow the UK Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly to offer to host the NATO PA Standing Committee in London in Spring 2015.

4.  PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSION ON BANKING STANDARDS

The Commission took note with approval of a paper on the arrangements that were being put in place to assess the cost of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards and to recover these costs from Her Majesty’s Government.

5.  i-PAD DEPLOYMENT TO MEMBERS

The Commission took note of a paper on progress with the deployment of i-Pads to Members and the opportunities for more effective working once such devices were in widespread use.

6.  DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the Commission/MEC will take place on Monday 29 October at 4.30pm in Speaker’s House.