Formal Minutes

Wednesday 14 January 2009

Members present:

Mr Michael Connarty in the Chair
Mr Adrian Bailey
Mr David S Borrow
Mr William Cash
Mr James Clappison
Jim Dobbin
Mr Greg Hands
Keith Hill
Kelvin Hopkins
Mr Bob Laxton
Angus Robertson
Mr Anthony Steen
Richard Younger-Ross

1. 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 20 read and agreed to.

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

Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House

2. Chairman’s Draft Report on the Work of the Committee 2008

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 to 8 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 9 read.

Amendment proposed in line 2, after “public.” to insert the words “This meant the Committee decided what action to take on EU documents, and considered its draft reports on certain documents scrutinised, in private.” - ( Mr Greg Hands.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 3

Noes, 7

Mr William Cash

Mr Adrian Bailey

Mr Greg Hands

Mr David S Borrow

Angus Robertson

Mr James Clappison

 

Jim Dobbin

 

Keith Hill

 

Mr Bob Laxton

 

Richard Younger-Ross

Another Amendment made.

Paragraph, as amended, agreed to.

Paragraph 10 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 11 read.

Amendment proposed in line 3,  after “draft report” to insert the words “and to take decisions on any further scrutiny on EU documents.” - (Mr Greg Hands.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 4

Noes, 6

Mr William Cash

Mr Adrian Bailey

Mr James Clappison

Mr David S Borrow

Mr Greg Hands

Jim Dobbin

Richard Younger-Ross

Keith Hill

 

Mr Bob Laxton

 

Angus Robertson

Paragraph 12 read.

Amendment proposed in line 8, to leave out the words “The House” and to insert the words, “Despite Opposition parties tabling an amendment to retain the presumption that Committee deliberations would be public, the House” - (Mr Greg Hands.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 5

Noes, 6

Mr William Cash

Mr Adrian Bailey

Mr James Clappison

Mr David S Borrow

Mr Greg Hands

Jim Dobbin

Angus Robertson

Keith Hill

Richard Younger-Ross

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Mr Bob Laxton

Paragraph 13 read.

Amendment proposed in line 2, after “memberships” to insert the words, “following changes brought about by the Government.” -( Mr Greg Hands.)

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 4

Noes, 6

Mr William Cash

Mr Adrian Bailey

Mr James Clappison

Mr David S Borrow

Mr Greg Hands

Jim Dobbin

Angus Robertson

Keith Hill

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Mr Bob Laxton

Paragraphs 14 to 21 read and agreed to.

A Paragraph - ( Mr Greg Hands.) - brought up, read the first and second time and inserted (now paragraph 22).

Paragraphs  22 to 25 (now paragraphs 23 to 26) read and agreed to.

Paragraph 26 (now paragraph 27) read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraph 27 (now paragraph 28) read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraph 28 (now paragraph 29) read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraph 29 (now paragraph 30) read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraph 30 (now paragraph 31) read and agreed to.

Paragraph 31 (now paragraph 32) read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 32 to 33 (now paragraphs 33 to 34) read and agreed to.

Paragraph 34 (now paragraph 35) read, amended and agreed to.

A Paragraph €” ( Mr Greg Hands.) €” brought up, read the first and second time and inserted (now paragraph 36).

Paragraphs 35 to 39 (now paragraphs 37 to 41) read and agreed to.

Paragraph 40 (now paragraph 42) read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 41 to 49 (now paragraphs 43 to 51) read and agreed to.

Paragraph 50 (now paragraph 52) read, amended and agreed to.

A paragraph €” (Mr Greg Hands.) €” brought up, read the first and second time and inserted (now paragraph 53).

Amendment proposed at end to add the words, "It was a matter of controversy in the House whether or not the Committee should typically deliberate in public." €” (Mr Greg Hands.)

The Committee divided.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 4

Noes, 6

Mr William Cash

Mr Adrian Bailey

Mr James Clappison

Mr David S Borrow

Mr Greg Hands

Jim Dobbin

Angus Robertson

Keith Hill

Kelvin Hopkins

Mr Bob Laxton

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

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

Ordered, That the provisions of Standing Order No.134 (Select committees (reports)) be applied to the Report.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 21 January at 2.30 p.m..