Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

Report of the committee

Thursday, February 1, 2017

The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans has the honour to present its

EIGHTH REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on Thursday, April 14, 2016, to study Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities, respectfully requests supplementary funds for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.

The original budget application submitted to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration and the report thereon of that committee were printed in the Journals of the Senate and adopted on April 13, 2017. The Senate approved the release of $125,000 to the committee.

Pursuant to Chapter 3:06, section 2(1)(c) of the Senate Administrative Rules, the supplementary budget submitted to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration and the report thereon of that committee are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

FABIAN MANNING

Chair

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON FISHERIES AND OCEANS

Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities

APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2018

Extract from the Journals of the Senate, Thursday, April 14, 2016:

The Honourable Senator Manning moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Wells:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans be authorized to examine and report on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities; and

That the Committee report from time to time to the Senate, but no later than November 30, 2017, and that the Committee retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings for 180 days after the tabling of the final report.

After debate,

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

ATTEST

Charles Robert

Clerk of the Senate

Extract from the Journals of the Senate, Tuesday, November 28, 2017:

The Honourable Senator Gold moved, for the Honourable Senator Manning, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mégie:

That, notwithstanding the order of the Senate adopted on Thursday, April 14, 2016, the date for the final report of the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans in relation to its study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities be extended from November 30, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

ATTEST

Nicole Proulx

Clerk of the Senate

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SUMMARY OF BUDGET

Activity 1: Victoria, BC

$96,450
TOTAL

$96,450

The above budget was approved by the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans on December 7, 2017.

The undersigned or an alternate will be in attendance on the date that this budget is considered.












Date
Président du Comité sénatorial permanent des pêches et des océans
FABIAN MANNING
Chair, Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans











Date
Président du Comité permanent de la régie interne, des budgets et de l’administration
LARRY W. CAMPBELL
Chair, Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

GENERAL ESTIMATE OF THE TOTAL COST OF THE SPECIAL STUDY

Pursuant to Chapter 3:06, section 2(2) of the Senate Administrative Rules.

Expenses for fiscal year 2017-2018: $54,972

Estimate of the total cost of the special study: $237,180

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON FISHERIES AND OCEANS

Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities

EXPLANATION OF BUDGET ITEMS

APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2018

ACTIVITY 1: Fact-finding Mission and Public Hearings in British Columbia - From February 26 to March 2, 2018
FACT-FINDING AND PUBLIC HEARINGS
15 participants: 8 senators, 8 staff

(1 clerk, 1 administrative assistant, 1 communications officer, 1 analyst, 3 interpreters, 1 stenographer)







PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES









1Reporting/transcribing (0403)3,300




(1 reporter, 1 day, $3,300/day)



2Transcript editing services (0143)1,500


Sub-total
$4,800








TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES









1Transportation - air48,800




8 senators x $4,400 (0224)





8 staff x $1,700 (0227)



2Hotel accommodation17,600




8 senators, $275/night, 4 nights (0222)





8 staff, $275/night, 4 nights (0226)



3Per diem8,000




8 senators, $100/day, 5 days (0221)





8 staff, $100/day, 5 days (0225)



4Working meals (travel) (0231)3,500


5Taxis3,200




8 senators x $200 (0223)





8 staff x $200 (0232)



6Charter bus (0228)5,000




(2 days, $2,500/day)








Sub-total
$86,100















ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES











OTHER



1Miscellaneous costs associated with travel (0229)500










PRINTING



2Printing (0321)50










RENTALS



3Rental office space (meeting rooms) (0540)2,000




(1 day, $2,000/day)



4Rental - interpretation equipment (0504)3,000




(1 day, $3,000/day)



Sub-total
$5,550








Total of Activity 1

$96,450







Grand Total


$ 96,450

The Senate Administration has reviewed this budget application.












Date
Blair Armitage, Principal Clerk,
Committees Directorate











Date
Nathalie Charpentier, Comptroller,
Finance and Procurement Directorate

APPENDIX (B) TO THE REPORT

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has examined the budget presented to it by the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans for the proposed expenditures of the said committee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, for the purpose of its special study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, as authorized by the Senate on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The approved budget is as follows:

Activity 1: Victoria, BC

$96,450
TOTAL

$96,450

(includes funds for public hearings and a fact-finding mission; includes funds for 8 senators to travel)

The budgets approved by the Senate for each travel activity are the maximum amount that can be spent for that activity;

Budgets normally include funds for the full membership of the committee to travel;

In general, a reduced delegation actually travels and efforts are made to find additional savings;

Therefore, actual expenditures are expected to be considerably below the approved budget, and they will be reported to the Senate;

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Any funds remaining at the conclusion of a travel activity will be clawed-back and can be made available for allocation to committees for other activities.

Respectfully submitted,

LARRY W. CAMPBELL

Chair