Board of Internal Economy
Monday, April 28, 2014
A meeting of the Board of Internal Economy of the House of Commons was held on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 11:15 a.m., in Room 112-N, Centre Block.
In the Chair: The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons
Present: The Honourables Peter Van Loan, John Duncan, Rob Merrifield and Dominic LeBlanc; Mr. Philip Toone; Mrs. Nycole Turmel
Secretary to the Board: Audrey O’Brien, Clerk of the House of Commons
Also Present: Richard Denis, Deputy Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel; Mark Watters, Chief Financial Officer; Robin Kells, Secretariat
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
BUSINESS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS
The Board discussed correspondence distributed since its last meeting on April 7, 2014.
MEMBERS’ ALLOWANCES AND SERVICES
The Board approved the following changes to the advertising policy, effective immediately:
- Advertising at a third-party event or activity cannot exceed $500 per event or activity;
- Members who advertise at third-party events and activities must advertise at the lowest possible level and not exceeding:
- $500 per advertisement for printed materials (e.g. event programs, booklets, newsletters, bulletins, flyers); or
- $250 per advertisement for event signage and banners; and
- Members must provide a detailed invoice describing the services provided as well as, for all signage and banners used at a third-party event or activity, a photograph that shows the event and location of use of the advertisement in a clear and obvious manner.
The Board reviewed the policy on reimbursement of road travel, confirmed the current application that reimbursement for travel by any means shall not exceed the lowest airfare at the class of travel that the traveller is authorized to use, and directed the House Administration to brief the Whips on current usage by each party caucus.
Secondary Residence Expenses
The Board deferred the matter to a future meeting.
USE OF HOUSE RESOURCES
Large-Volume Mailings – Progress Report
The Board continued its deliberations on certain large-volume mailings.
Offices – Progress Report
Because time did not permit the matter to be addressed at this meeting, the Board agreed to discuss the issue at a future meeting.
The meeting was adjourned.
Secretary to the Board