Review of Management and Services: Report to the House of Commons Commission Contents


1.Our Inquiry
1.3The Inquiry
2.The Context
3.The Ibbs Settlement: introduction
3.1The problem
3.7The prescription
3.14The quality of the Ibbs settlement
 The Ibbs settlement: implementation and operation
 The House of Commons Commission
4.5The Ibbs recommendation
4.8What has happened?
  The Finance and Services Committee
4.18The problem
4.20The Ibbs recommendation
4.23What has happened?
 The domestic committees
4.33The problem
4.34The Ibbs recommendation
4.38What has happened?
 The organisation of House services
4.48The Ibbs recommendation
4.51What has happened?
 The Clerk of the House
4.54The Ibbs analysis
4.55What has happened?
 The Board of Management
4.64The problem
4.66The Ibbs recommendation
4.67What has happened?
4.73The Planning and Management Committee
5.Financial Management
5.1The problem
 The Ibbs recommendations
5.3The Department of Finance and Administration
5.8Towards better financial management
5.10What has happened?
5.17Budgeting and manpower planning
5.18Performance measurement
5.21Reporting and accountability
5.24Accountability for public funds
5.26External audit
5.28Internal audit
5.33Objective setting
5.35Financial management and other information
5.45Management information: conclusion
5.46Shorter term improvements in management information
5.48Cost information
5.55Accounting systems
6.The Department of Finance and Administration
6.1The Department
6.8Finance and personnel functions in the DFA and other Departments
6.13The Director of Finance and Administration
7.Accommodation and works
7.1The problem
7.4The Ibbs recommendation
7.7What has happened?
7.18Works: the future
7.19Works priorities
7.25Value for money
8.Information technology
8.4The current situation
8.9Costs and benefits
8.12Organisation of IT in the House
8.24The way forward
9.Other Votes
10.Services shared with the House of Lords
11.Communications and culture
 Better information for Members
11.1The problem
11.2The Ibbs recommendation
 What has happened?
11.4Knowledge of House management
11.7Knowledge about the provision of services: making suggestions or complaints
11.11Effective information
11.18Information about administration issues
11.23Departmental culture and communications
11.31Talks and seminars
12.Influences on the use of services
12.3A case study: Library research services
12.10The Members’ Vote and the Office Costs Allowance
13.The need for change
13.1The Ibbs settlement
13.2Progress since the Ibbs Report
13.3Why change?
13.6The benefits of change
13.7The barriers to change
14.2The Ibbs principles
14.4The extent of progress
14.5Core Parliamentary functions
14.8The House as employer
14.10Quality and economy
14.12The profile of the House
15.Governance: conclusions and recommendations
15.1The House of Commons (Administration) Act 1978
 The House of Commons Commission
15.2Role and operation
15.7Strategic assessment
15.12Public profile
 The Finance and Services Committee
15.17Role and composition
15.26Powers, information and support
 The domestic committees
15.31Formal or informal?
15.34Addressing the problems
 The Clerk of the House
15.43Executive authority
15.46Office of the Clerk
15.51The Board of Management
15.67Departmental structure
15.76“Broadly in line”
 Summary of Recommendations
Annex A    People interviewed by the Team (List 1: see paragraph 1.5)
Annex BPeople interviewed by the Team (List 2: see paragraph 1.6)
Annex CState of implementation of the Ibbs recommendations
Annex DDelegations of authority to the domestic committees, 21 October 1991
Annex EInstrument of Delegation made by the House of Commons Commission on 24 July 1991
Annex FSummary of financial and other management information available to Departments
Annex GOther models of governance

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