Decisions 24 June 2013

Monday 24 June 2013 at 4.30pm 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.  IT PROVISION POST-2015 (Commission/MEC)

The Commission/Committee took note of the paper.

2.  ACCOMMODATION POLICY

The Commission took note of the paper.

3.  DIVERSITY UP-DATE

The Commission took note of the paper.

4.  LEGAL COSTS: INDIVIDUAL CASE (MEC)

The Committee recommended to Mr Speaker that a request to meet costs incurred by a Member in relation to an Employment Tribunal case should be met under the provision in the General Services Budget of the Members Estimate for “other appropriate expenditure within the ambit of the vote”, subject to a formal undertaking from the Member to repay any sums subsequently received as costs from the complainant and a commitment to keep the House Administration regularly informed of progress with the case.

5.  “CALL-OFF” EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS

The Commission noted the Management Board’s proposal that where justified by business need a flexible workforce should be used to supplement the core permanent staff, noted the Board’s suggested approach to the use of ‘minimum hours’ and ‘call-off’ contracts, and asked for a further report in September.

6.  COMMISSION ANNUAL REPORT

The Commission agreed the text of its annual report.

7.  AUDIT COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP (Commission/MEC)

The Commission and MEC agreed to appoint Dame Janet Gaymer DBE as the Chair of the Administration Estimate Audit Committee and the Members Estimate Audit Committee respectively with effect from 19 September 2013.

8.  ANY OTHER BUSINESS

The Commission supported Mr Speaker in his proposed approach to bringing to a conclusion an outstanding case brought under the Respect Policy.

9.  DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the Commission/MEC will take place on Monday 15 July at 4.30pm in Speaker’s House.