Decisions 12 December 2005

Monday 12 December 2005 at 5pm in Speaker's House

Present:

The Speaker, in the Chair
Sir Stuart Bell
Chris Grayling
Nick Harvey
Leader of the House
Mr David Maclean

1. DRAFT ADMINISTRATION ESTIMATE FOR 2006/07

The Commission agreed an Administration Estimate for 2006/07 of £170.7 million net cash requirement and £213.0 million net resource requirement, subject to pay awards and inflation adjustment, to any outcome of the further examination by the Finance and Services Committee in January of security-related expenditure, and to further specified information to be supplied to Commissioners before Christmas.

The Commission also invited the Finance and Services Committee to exercise a watching brief on the estate and works budget.

2. LIAISON COMMITTEE REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR 2006/07

The Commission agreed that the Liaison Committee's select committee overseas travel baseline cash budget for 2006/07 and the remainder of the Parliament should be set at £1.3 million.

3. CHANGE IN INSTRUMENT OF DELEGATION TO BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

The Commission agreed to amend the Instrument of Delegation to the Board of Management by the addition of the Director of Parliamentary Information and Communications Technology to the Board, and to a number of drafting amendments.

4. CONTRACT CLEANERS

The Commission confirmed that it did not propose to have a meeting with a delegation of employees of the contract cleaners.

5. FUTURE MEETING DATES

The Commission agreed to meet on 15 May 2006, 19 June 2006 and 17 July 2006.