Formal Minutes

Wednesday 4 June 2008

Members present:

Michael Connarty, in the Chair
Mr Adrian Bailey
Mr David S Borrow
Mr William Cash
Ms Katy Clark
Mr Greg Hands
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory
Mr Lindsay Hoyle
Mr Anthony Steen
Richard Younger-Ross

1. BERR's Scrutiny Performance

Baroness Shriti Vadera, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business and Competitiveness, and Mr Nigel Hickson, Deputy Director, EU ICT Policy, Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, gave oral evidence.

2. The Conclusions of the European Council and the Council of Ministers: Follow-up Report

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 14 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 15 read, amended and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report, as amended, be the Twenty-fifth Report of the Committee to the House.

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

Written evidence was ordered to be reported to the House for printing with the Report.

3. Private Deliberative Session

4. 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 14.16 read and agreed to.

The Chairman's attention having been called to the fact that five Members were not present, he suspended the proceedings; and other Members having come into the room, and five Members being present the proceedings were resumed.

Paragraph 15, Headnote read. Amendment proposed in line 8, to leave out the word "Cleared", and to insert the words "For debate in European Committee". €” ( Mr Greg Hands.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes 3

Noes, 3

Mr William Cash

Mr Adrian Bailey

Mr Greg Hands

Mr Lindsay Hoyle

Mr David-Heathcoat-Amory

Richard Younger-Ross

Whereupon the Chairman declared himself with the Noes.

Headnote agreed to.

Paragraphs 15.1 to 27 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Twenty-sixth Report of the Committee to the House.

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

[Adjourned till Wednesday 18 June at 2.15 p.m.