Monday 21 May 2007 at 5.00 pm in Speaker's House
The Speaker, in the Chair
Sir Stuart Bell
Leader of the House
Mr David Maclean
Mrs Theresa May
JOINTLY WITH HOUSE OF COMMONS COMMISSION
1. REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
The Members Estimate Committee took note of the annual report of the Audit Committee and agreed to consider termly reports from the Committee in future.
2. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
The Committee agreed arrangements for the fourth annual publication in the autumn of information on Members' allowances in accordance with the House's publication scheme. In addition to the information published in previous years, the details of types of travel, first published in February 2007, would be included in the annual publication.
The Committee recalled its decision of 29 January 2007 that the publication scheme for information on Members' allowances operated over the past three years would continue notwithstanding any change in the law which might result from passage of the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill. The Committee re-affirmed its interest in making sure that the public is duly informed about information relating to Parliament, principally in the form of its publication scheme.