Decisions 17 November 2008

Monday 17 November 2008 at 5pm in Speaker's House

Present:

The Speaker, in the Chair
Sir Stuart Bell
Nick Harvey
Leader of the House
Mr David Maclean
Mrs Theresa May

1. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION PUBLICATION (MEC)

The Committee noted with approval that the work on redaction of receipts was continuing.

2. STAFF PAY NEGOTIATIONS

The Commission reconsidered the pay remit.

3. 25 YEAR ESTATES STRATEGY

The Commission took note of the paper.

4. APPOINTMENT TO AUDIT COMMITTEES (Commission and MEC)

The Commission and Committee agreed to appoint Alex Jablonowski as an external member of the Administration Estimate Audit Committee and the Members Estimate Audit Committee for three years.

5. ANY OTHER BUSINESS (Commission/MEC)

Cleaning contract

The Commission noted the latest position.

Facilities for Unite

The Commission noted that, although recognition of Unite as representing Members' staff was not possible, the matter of Unite sharing facilities had been resolved.

Insurance for official visits to war zones

The Commission referred the matter of insurance for Members and staff on official visits to war zones to the Finance and Services Committee.

Pension arrangements for collectively-employed staff

The Committee referred the matter of pension arrangements for collectively-employed staff to the Finance and Services Committee.

6. FUTURE MEETINGS

The Commission agreed to meet on Mondays 26 January, 2 March, 30 March, 11 May, 8 June, 29 June and 20 July.

7. NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the Commission/MEC will take place at 5pm on Monday 15 December in Speaker's House.