Formal Minutes

Wednesday 2 April 2008

Members present:

Michael Connarty, in the Chair
Mr Adrian Bailey
Mr David S Borrow
Mr William Cash
Mr James Clappison
Ms Katy Clark
Jim Dobbin
Mr Greg Hands
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory
Keith Hill
Kelvin Hopkins
Mr Lindsay Hoyle
Mr Bob Laxton
Angus Robertson
Mr Anthony Steen

1. Private Deliberative Session

2. The Committee met in public for the scrutiny of documents

Draft Report, proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1.1 to 3.8 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 3.9 read.

Amendment proposed, in line 3, at end add "we also note that the commission is required to produce full cost-benefit statements for new proposals if they affect business costs. No such statement has been prepared and the document will remain uncleared until a satisfactory submission has been provided." €” ( Mr David Heathcoat-Amory.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 5

Noes, 7

Mr William Cash

Mr Adrian Bailey

Mr James Clappison

Mr David S Borrow

Mr Greg Hands

Ms Katy Clark

Mr David Heathcoat-Amory

Jim Dobbin

Angus Robertson

Keith Hill

Mr Lindsay Hoyle

Mr Bob Laxton

Paragraph agreed to.

Paragraphs 3.10 to 8.8 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 8.9 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 9.1 to 21 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report, as amended, be the Twentieth Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House.

3. Thirty-ninth Conference of Community and European Affairs Committees of the European Union

Resolved, That the Chairman, Mr David Borrow and Angus Robertson have leave to visit Slovenia in May to attend the Thirty-ninth Conference of Community and European Affairs Committees of the European Union.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 23 April at 2.30 p.m.