(Establishment Officer: Edward Ollard,
who succeeded Rhodri Walters in September 2000)
The Office provides a personnel service for all House
of Lords' staff. The responsibilities of the Office include recruitment
of staff, grading and other conditions of service, pay negotiation
and authorisation, occupational health, safety and welfare, and
The Establishment Office has 8 members of staff,
2 of whom work exclusively on superannuation and related matters.
The Establishment Officer is Clerk to the Refreshment Sub-Committee
and is responsible, on behalf of the Clerk of the Parliaments,
for supervising the Refreshment Department. He is also Clerk
to the Finance and Staff Sub-Committee.
3 Activities and Financial Performance
- A pay settlement for 2000 was negotiated with
- Preparatory work began for the introduction of
a new staff pension scheme in 2002.
- The Staff Handbook was revised to incorporate
new provisions on bullying, unpaid parental leave and grievance
- The Office supervised the recruitment of 91 new
staff, over double the number in the previous year.
- The Office was also involved in 30 internal appointment
boards; preparing pensions' authorisations for 57 retirements,
resignations or redundancies; and calculating 143 worked responses
to enquiries, estimates etc. relating to pensions and 349 estimates
for resource accounting purposes.
Net expenditure by the Establishment Office was £536,200.
Gross expenditure on superannuation was £1,464,863. Superannuation
contributions collected for family benefits totalled £192,124,
of which £164,000 was used in aid of the budget. (Equivalent
figures in 1999-2000 were £491,851, £1,427,856, £165,704
4 Future Activities
- Negotiating the acceptance of proposals on 2001
- Progress towards the introduction of a superannuation
IT system and a new pension scheme in 2001-02.
- Preparing to apply the Data Protection Act 1998.
- Monitoring proposals for, and developing responses
to, further structural changes in Civil Service pay.