FIFTH REPORT FROM THE SELECT COMMITTEE
ON THE HOUSE OF LORDS' OFFICES
The Committee have met and been attended by
the Clerk of the Parliaments and the Gentleman Usher of the Black
1. Fast stream pay proposals
The Committee agreed to new arrangements, developed
in conjunction with the House of Commons, for paying fast-stream
Clerks and Library Clerks.
2. Salaries of the Chairman and Principal
Deputy Chairman of Committees
The Committee approved revised salaries with
effect from 1 April 2000.
3. Lords' reimbursement allowances
The Committee was informed that from 1 April
2000 the motor mileage allowance had beenup-rated in line with
the retail price index to 52.5 pence per mile for the first 20,000
miles and24.2 pence per mile thereafter; and that the bicycle
allowance had been up-rated to 6.7 pence per mile.
4. Appointment of a management consultant
The Committee approved the appointment of a
management consultant, Mr Michael Braithwaite, to undertake a
review of the management structure and the structure, including
the Committee structure, for taking decisions about the services
of the House and other domestic matters, which were introduced
in the House of Lords in 1991-92 following the Ibbs reforms in
the House of Commons.
5. Commercial activities
The Committee agreed that the House of Lords
should not be used by Members as a business address nor the name
used for the promotion of any commercial activity.