Decisions 23 January 2012

Monday 23 January 2012 at 4.30pm in Speaker’s House

Present:

The Speaker, in the Chair
Sir Paul Beresford
Frank Doran
Angela Eagle
John Thurso
Sir George Young (Leader of the House)

1.  MARKET TESTING

The Commission took note of the paper.

2.  MODERNISATION OF THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER

The Commission approved in principle the general approach and timescale proposed for modernisation of the Palace of Westminster.  It agreed a press release.

3.  SECOND EXTERNAL MEMBER OF THE MANAGEMENT BOARD

The Commission approved the appointment of a second non-executive Management Board member and amended the Instrument of Delegation.

4.  SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATE

The Commission agreed a Supplementary Estimate to reduce the Administration budget by £19.6 million, making a technical accounting adjustment corresponding to the £19.6 million increase in the valuation of the Parliamentary Estate.

5.  IPSA AND MEMBERS’ PENSIONS (MEC)

The Committee took note of the paper.

6.  DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION SCHEME

The Commission approved the Diversity and Inclusion Scheme.

7.  ANY OTHER BUSINESS: BRITISH-AMERICAN PARLIAMENTRARY GROUP

The Commission agreed not to change the planned level of funding for the British-American Parliamentary Group.

8.  DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the Commission/MEC will take place on Monday 27 February at 4.30pm in Speaker’s House.