Monday 25 February 2008 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
1. REVIEW OF MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES
The Committee agreed the Special Report on the Review of Members' Allowances for publication the next day.
2. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION UPDATE
MEC authorised the Director General of Resources to seek Counsel's advice on the judgment of the Information Tribunal and outstanding decision notices.
MEC decided to disclose part year costs information about use of the Communications Allowance in relation to twelve Members. The Committee decided to consider quarterly publication of Communications Allowance expenditure.
MEC authorised the publication of the 'John Lewis' list on the parliamentary website, after Members received a copy of the list with a letter approved by Mr Speaker.
MEC decided to refuse to provide a full list of names of Members' staff on the grounds that the details represent personal information about junior staff who are not themselves public employees.