Formal Minutes

Wednesday 8 February 2006

Members present:

Mr Jimmy Hood, in the Chair
Mr William Cash
Michael Connarty
Jim Dobbin
Michael Gove
Nia Griffith
Mr David Hamilton
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory
Mrs Sharon Hodgson
Mr Anthony Steen
Richard Younger-Ross

The Committee deliberated.

Current matters relating to the European Union: Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP, Minister for Europe, Mr Tim Barrow, Deputy Political Director and Assistant Director of EU (External), Mr David Frost, Deputy Director of EU (Internal), and Ms Karen Pierce, Head of Eastern Adriatic Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, were examined.

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 19.7 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 19.8 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 20.1 to 22 read and agreed to.

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

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

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 15 February at 2.30 p.m.