Select Committee on House of Lords Offices Second Report



SECOND REPORT FROM THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE HOUSE OF LORDS' OFFICES


TUESDAY 14TH DECEMBER 1999


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

ORDERED TO REPORT

  The Committee have met and been attended by the Clerk of the Parliaments and the Yeoman Usher of the Black Rod.

1.  Membership of Finance and Staff Sub-Committee and the Advisory Panel on Works of Art

Lord Craig of Radley was appointed to the Finance and Staff Sub-Committee in place of Lord Weatherill, and Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall was appointed to the Advisory Panel on Works of Art.

2.  Print size of the Order Paper

The Committee endorsed a proposal to increase the print size of the white Order Paper from 10 pt. to 12 pt., so as to assist visually impaired peers.

3.  Distribution of parliamentary papers

The Committee agreed that a circular should be issued to all members asking them to confirm their standing orders for the various parliamentary papers.

4.  Staff of the House

The Committee was informed of the decision to appoint a full-time member of staff at pay span E.1 to assist in the Gift Shop.

5.  Printing and publishing

The Committee took note of the award to The Stationery Office, following tender, of a new contract to print Bills and amendments and a new contract for the electronic publication of House papers.

6.  Lords' Reimbursement Allowances

The Committee took note of the annual uprating of the following allowances, in line with the retail price index, with effect from 1 August 1999:
    Overnight subsistence by £1.00 to £81.50
    Day subsistence by 50p to £36.00
    Secretarial costs by 50p to £35.00


 
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