Decisions 26 March 2012

Monday 26 March 2012 at 5pm 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.  SPEAKER’S PARLIAMENTARY PLACEMENTS

The Commission agreed to contribute £20,000 towards the cost of that element of the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements that involves working with the House Service.  It also approved the proposal for three additional placements funded by the Home Office specifically for disabled people, subject to agreement with the Home Office about working patterns and where the cost of reasonable adjustments would fall.

2.  PAY REMIT

The Commission amended the pay remit for 2012 in respect of the lowest-paid staff.

3.  MEMBERS’ DEBTS TO THE HOUSE (MEC)

The Committee recommended to the Accounting Officer that, in view of the failure of many attempts to persuade Baroness Adams to repay the sum of £4,110 recommended for repayment by Sir Thomas Legg, and the likely cost and difficulty of any further action, that sum should be written off.

4.  DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the Commission/MEC will take place on Monday 30 April at 4.30pm in Speaker’s House.

Further consideration of the savings programme and of mobile devices for Members and consideration of the draft Corporate Business Plan were deferred to the next meeting.