Cost of the office of the Parliamentary
Commissioner for Standards 2001-02 to 2004-05
|Running Costs ||2,003
5.2 Reporting to the House in 2002, the House of
Commons Commission confirmed that it would make available whatever
resources were judged necessary for me to do my job.
Additional demands arose on my office from 2 different quarters
in 2003-04: 2 instances of long term sick absence among staff
and a particularly complex inquiry (the latter extra cost arising
from the transcription of the oral evidence given before me).
Other than normal salary increases it is these twin pressures
which account for most of the increase in the staffing and running
costs respectively of my office in 2003-04 over 2002-03. I am
grateful to the Commission for its willingness to absorb these
unforeseen additional costs.
5.3 The 2 instances of long-term sick absence and
the complex inquiry in the second part of the year also imposed
additional strains on my small team of colleagues. I am grateful
to all concerned for carrying these so professionally and without,
so far as I am aware, any reduction in the quality of the service
to the House and the public.
5.4 In my last report, I mentioned my intended introduction
of a system of electronic data management which would help handle
the material generated by a large complaint investigation. This
was successfully piloted in 2003 and has already proved its potential
in enabling my office to keep track of and retrieve documents.
In the coming year we aim to increase the use we make of this
system to help further our operational effectiveness.