Decisions 21 January 2013

Monday 21 January 2013 at 5pm in Speaker’s House

Present:

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

1.  HOUSE OF COMMONS: ADMINISTRATION ESTIMATE:
     SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATE AND VOTE ON ACCOUNT

The Commission agreed a Supplementary Estimate for 2012/13 that reduced the resource budget by £7.5 million and the capital budget by £8.5 million, and noted that the Vote on Account for 2013/14 would be laid at the same time.

2.  GREEN BOOK/MEMBERS ESTIMATE (MEC)

The Committee agreed to implement an end-of-May deadline for submission of audit certificates for Short money and representative money; agreed the text of a new “Concordance” of resolutions relating to expenditure charged to the Members Estimate; and agreed to seek the House’s approval to changes to Standing Orders Nos 144 and 152D that would require the MEC to agree the Members Estimate on the advice of the Finance and Service Committee.

3.  FORMER MEMBER’S DEBTS (MEC)

The Committee agreed that the Resettlement Grant withheld from a former Member should be set against an outstanding debt, and asked that options for recovering the remaining debt should be explored.

4.  MEMBERS DEBTS ON THIRD PARTY FUNCTIONS

The Commission agreed that payment for third-party functions sponsored by Members should in future be in advance rather than arrears, and that further attempts should be made to recover debts relating to two events held prior to 2012/13.

5.  STRATEGY REVISION

The Commission endorsed a revision to the existing strategy for the House of Commons Service to extend its timeframe beyond 2015, subject to one amendment that would be agreed by correspondence.

6.  ESTATES PROGRAMME AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURE

The Commission took note of a paper from the Finance and Services Committee.

7.  DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the Commission/MEC will take place on Monday 11 February at 4.30pm in Speaker’s House.