Decisions 12 July 2004

Monday 12 July 2004 at 5pm in Speaker's House

Present:

The Speaker, in the Chair
Sir Stuart Bell
Sir Patrick Cormack
Mr Peter Hain
Mr Oliver Heald
Sir Archy Kirkwood

1.    Security

The Commission discussed security matters.

2.    Draft financial plan 2005-06 to 2007-08 and corporate plan 2004

The Director of Finance and Administration was present.

The Commission agreed the three-year financial plan and approved the draft corporate plan for 2004.

3.    Modernisation Committee Report: Connecting Parliament and the Public

The Commission gave preliminary consideration to the financial and administrative implications of the Modernisation Committee's Report.

4.    Information Systems/ Information Technology

The Serjeant at Arms was present.

The Commission agreed in principle to the proposals set out in the Information Systems/Information Technology review, subject to  the advice provided by the Finance and Services Committee and the external members of the Audit Committee being taken into account during implementation of the project.

5.    Smoking

The Director of Finance and Administration was present.

The Commission agreed to a review of smoking policy.

6.    House of Commons Scotch whisky

The Commission discussed the tender for House of Commons whisky and agreed that such whisky should not be sold outside Parliament.

7.    Facilities for former Members: further consideration

The Commission further discussed the provision of facilities for former Members.