Select Committee on House of Lords Offices Sixth Report



BY THE SELECT COMMITTEE appointed to consider the House of Lords' Offices

ORDERED TO REPORT--

The Committee has met and been attended by the Clerk of the Parliaments and the Gentlemen Usher of the Black Rod.

1.  Sub-Committee membership

Lord Acton was appointed to the Refreshment Sub Committee

2.  House of Lords Annual Report and Accounts

The Committee approved the Annual Report and Accounts for 1997-98.

3.  Old Palace Yard

The Committee approved a scheme to refurbish Old Palace Yard. The scheme will be undertaken in three stages during the summer recesses of 1999, 2000 and 2001. No Peers' car parking spaces will be lost as a result of the scheme, and access to the House will be maintained during the works.

4.  Seating in the Chamber

The Committee agreed to make permanent the arrangement whereby the space in the Chamber behind the Table is reserved for disabled Peers.

5.  Staff Pay

The Committee took note of the pay awards to House of Lords staff for 1998; the cost to the pay bill will be 3.9 per cent.

6.  Lords' Reimbursement Allowances

The Committee took note of an increase in the bicycle allowance to 6.4 pence per mile, with effect from 1 April 1998.


 
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