COMMONS

Finance and Services Committee

Introduction

The Finance and Services Committee is established under Standing Order No 144.  It considers expenditure on, and the administration of, services for the House of Commons: it has responsibility for detailed scrutiny of the House's budget.

The Committee:

  • prepares, with the assistance of the Management Board, estimates for House of Commons: Administration for submission to the House of Commons Commission;

  • monitors the financial performance of the House Administration;

  • advises the Commission and the Speaker on the financial and administrative implications of any recommendations made by the Administration Committee.

The Committee has eleven members: in practice including the Chair of the Administration Committee and the Chairman of Ways and Means.  It is chaired by a member of the House of Commons Commission.  It meets approximately once a month when the House is sitting.  Meetings are usually held in private and the Committee is assisted by the Director of Finance and other House staff as appropriate.