Decisions 10 November 2010

Wednesday 10 November 2010 at 2pm in Committee Room 13

Members present:

John Thurso (in the Chair)
Sir Paul Beresford
Clive Betts
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Lindsay Hoyle
Brooks Newmark
Jonathan Reynolds

1. Declaration of Interests

Jonathan Reynolds and Clive Betts declared their interests, in accordance with the resolution of the House of 13 July 1992 (see Appendix).

2. Interns

The Committee recommended that there should not be additional funding in 2011/12 for an interns scheme aimed at those currently disadvantaged; that the Industry and Parliament Trust model should be considered for such a scheme; and that there should be further consideration of private funding from other sources.

3. Remit of the Committee

The Committee agreed its remit, in the light of its standing order, as follows:

  • Financial plans for future years, including any proposals for savings 
  • Actual spending during the year (quarterly) 
  • Proposals for significant changes in spending or revenue-raising not covered by the financial plans for future years, including proposals from other Committees (eg Administration and Procedure) or from the Government (eg new select committees) 
  • Progress of major ongoing programmes—such programmes to be identified by the Committee from the financial plans for future years (eg the M&E programme) 
  • Specific areas of spending, annually or termly, ie estates/works, security, catering, grants (especially History of Parliament Trust), works of art 
  • Adequacy of financial information for determining priorities 
  • Progress towards the House’s environmental targets 
  • Any other matters referred by the Commission

The Committee agreed that the importance of it being consulted before decisions with significant financial implications were taken should be raised with the Commission.

4. Possible short-term savings and 2011/12 Estimate

The Committee:

  • took note of the list of possible savings;
  • asked the Management Board to bring forward further possible savings sufficient to give rise to an Estimate of £226 million in 2011/12 if all the savings were made;
  • agreed that Members should be encouraged to engage with the savings programme and contribute ideas; and
  • asked the Management Board to attend the Committee’s meeting on 24 November.

5. Mid-year forecast outturn

The Committee took note of the paper.

6. Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly

The Committee recommended that the UK should continue not to participate in the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, on the grounds of the House’s current financial situation.

Appendix: Declaration of interests

BETTS, Clive (Sheffield South East)

4.         Sponsorship or financial or material support

Sheffield City Council provide me with an office at a reduced charge which contributes towards rent and rates. Staff, furniture, telephone and cleaning costs are paid by myself; heating and lighting is provided by the Council.

8.         Land and Property

One residential property in London, for which rental income is received.

I employ my partner, James Thomas, as Parliamentary Assistant.

REYNOLDS, Jonathan (Stalybridge and Hyde)

11.        Miscellaneous

I am an elected member of Tameside MBC.  I am entitled to, but do not take, an allowance for this role.



[Adjourned till Wednesday 24 November 2010 at 2.00pm.