Formal Minutes

Members present:

Michael Connarty, in the Chair
Mr William Cash
Mr James Clappison
Jim Dobbin
Keith Hill
Kelvin Hopkins

1. General Scrutiny

Huw Irranca-Davies, Under-Secretary of State, DEFRA gave oral evidence.

2. 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.

Paragraph 1, Headnote read.

Amendment proposed in line 22, to leave out the words "Cleared, but further information requested", and to insert the words, "Do not clear: for debate in European Committee B" €” (Mr William Cash)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.



Mr William Cash

Mr James Clappison

Jim Dobbin

Mr Keith Hill

Kelvin Hopkins

Headnote agreed to.

Paragraph 1.1 to 1.21 read and agreed to.

Paragraph1.22 to 1.25 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 2.1 to 13 read and agreed to.

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

Resolved, That the Committee visit Brussels on 19 March to attend a meeting with representatives of the House of Lords European Union Committee and UK MEPs

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

[Adjourned till Wednesday 25 February at 2.30pm