Formal Minutes

Monday 4 July 2005

Members present:

Mr Richard Bacon MP
Mr David Borrow MP
Mr William Cash MP
Mr Michael Connarty MP
Rosie Cooper MP
Mr Wayne David MP
Jim Dobbin MP
Mr Michael Gove MP
Nia Griffith MP
Mr David Hamilton MP
Mr Jimmy Hood MP
Mr Lindsay Hoyle MP
Mr Anthony Steen MP
Mr Richard Younger-Ross MP

Members disclosed their interests, pursuant to the resolution of the House of 13 July 1992 (see Appendix).

Mr Jimmy Hood was called to the Chair.

Ordered, That the Chairman do report the Committee's choice to the House.

Resolved, That the Committee's normal time of meeting be Wednesday at half past Two o'clock.

Ordered, That the public be admitted during the examination of witnesses unless the Committee otherwise orders. - ( The Chairman.)

The Committee deliberated.

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

Ordered, that the draft report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph. - (The Chairman.)

Paragraphs 1 to 2.5 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 2.6 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 3.1 to 31.6 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 31.7  read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraph 32.1 to 61 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the First Report of the Committee to the House.

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

Ordered, That the following papers be appended to the Report: Reports on Council Meetings.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 13 July at half past Two o'clock.

Appendix

Declaration of Members' Interests

Richard Bacon declared the following interests: overseas visit on 20-25 September 2004, to lecture in five German cities on 'The Uses of Nations' at the invitation of the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft - no fee paid but travel and accommodation covered; on 21-23 October 2004, to Boston, Massachusetts, at the invitation of Boston College to lecture on 'The US Presidential Election: A view from Parliament, a View from Europe' - no fee paid but travel and accommodation covered.

David Borrow declared the following interests: overseas visit on 14-19 April 2004, to Pakistan, to visit community projects and a dairy farming scheme, organised and paid for by Nestle, Pakistan in conjunction with the All Pakistan Women's Association; on 29 October-5 November 2004, to Botswana at the invitation of the Botswana Government as part of an All-Party Parliamentary Group for Botswana visit to investigate issues of interest to the UK in Botswana - all travel, accommodation and subsistence paid for by the Botswana Government; on 18 January 2005, to Toulouse for the launch of the Airbus A380 - flights and transport provided by Airbus.

William Cash declared the following interests: Solicitor - William Cash & Co.; consultant to Halliwell Landau, solicitors; research and organisational assistance from the European Foundation (nil remuneration); three houses at Upton Cressett, Shropshire from which rental income is received;  registrable shareholdings in Africa Speaks Holdings (UK) Limited (not trading).

Michael Connarty declared the following interests: overseas visit on 24-26 August 2004, to Stavanger, Norway, to visit Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) conference and exhibition, with the British Offshore Oil and Gas All-Party Parliamentary Group - flights, accommodation, transport and hospitality sponsored by UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), Statoil and Chevron Texaco; on 6-8 November 2004, to Italy to attend the First Portofino Conference, a tri-lateral UK/US/conference on the future of the transatlantic alliance as an unpaid participant from the British-Italian Parliamentary Group - flights paid for personally, accommodation provided by Orient Express Hotels plc in Portofino; on 15-19 November 2004, to India to study the call centre industry in New Dehli and Pune - all travel and accommodation costs paid for by Aviva plc.; unpaid directorship of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

Wayne David declared the following interests: overseas visit on 18-23 January 2004, to Israel - economy flights and accommodation for five nights funded by Labour Friends of Israel.

Jim Dobbin declared the following interests: overseas visit on 20-26 September 2004, to western Canada with the All-Party Parliamentary Rail Group, organised by the Rail Freight Group, to provide information and briefing on rail freight business and practice and compare these with UK practice - the Rail Freight Group provided travel and accommodation including travel within Canada.

Michael Gove declared the following interests: contract to supply The Times with a number of articles a year and some additional income as a freelance journalist.

Jimmy Hood declared the following interests: Parliamentary Consultant to Scottish Coal.

Lindsay Hoyle declared the following interests: overseas visit on 27 May-2 June 2004, to Oman with the Oman All-Party Parliamentary Group, as guests of the Oman Majilis to establish links between Parliament and the Majilis; commercial leasehold property at Adlington, Chorley, from which rental income is received; registrable shareholdings in Screen Arts Ltd., screen printing.

Anthony Steen declared the following interests: public affairs and parliamentary adviser to the Board of Airlines of Great Britain (involves occasional travel on a number of airlines in connection with airline work; occasional free air travel for immediate family);  Barrister at Law; rental income from property near California Cross, South Devon; registrable shareholdings  in Unilever, Glaxo Smith Klein, Shell and Land Securities.

The following Members declared that they had no interests:

Nia Griffith
Rosie Cooper
David Hamilton
Richard Younger-Ross