Decisions 17 January 2005

Monday 17 January 2005 at 5pm in Speaker's House

Present:

The Speaker, in the Chair
Sir Stuart Bell
Sir Patrick Cormack
Leader of the House
Mr Oliver Heald
Sir Archy Kirkwood

1. SMOKING

The Commission agreed that, with effect from 4 April 2005,

  • the estate should be smoke free save as otherwise provided:

  • smoking should continue to be permitted in the Members Smoking Room, Annie's Bar, Bellamy's Bar and the Churchill Room Bar, but not in other catering outlets: and that steps should be taken to improve ventilation in those bars where smoking is to be permitted:

  • smoking places should be identified off the Committee Corridor and in a covered area outside the main building:

  • advice and assistance should be offered to those seeking to give up smoking:

and that such changes should be communicated via the All-Party Whip to be published on 27 January.

2. IS/IT GOVERNANCE

The Commission further considered the future provision of IT services to both Houses.

3. ASSISTANCE TO THE ASSOCIATION OF FORMER MEMBERS

The Commission agreed to make available to the Association of Former Members of Parliament for an initial period to Easter 2006, and subject to eventual ratification by the House, an office and related services, support in the production of a newsletter and payroll administration, together with a grant of £1,500 towards office expenses.

4. GUNPOWDER PLOT EXHIBITION

The Commission considered a progress report on plans for the exhibition and agreed revised funding arrangements.