Formal Minutes

Wednesday 19 January 2005

Members present:

Mr William Cash
Mr Michael Connarty
Jim Dobbin
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory
Sandra Osborne
Anne Picking
Angus Robertson
John Robertson
Mr Anthony Steen
Mr Bill Tynan

In the absence of the Chairman, Mr Michael Connarty was called to the Chair.

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.

Paragraphs 1.1 to 1.11 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 1.12 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 2.1 to 2.23 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 2.24 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 3.1 to 8.20 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 8.21 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 9.1 to 18 read and agreed to.

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

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

Supplementary memorandum to be submitted to the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons read.

Amendments made.

Another Amendment proposed, in paragraph 23, at the end to add 'Given the importance and volume of European legislation, we recommend that there be more debates on the Floor of the House on European matters.'- ( Mr William Cash.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 4
Mr William Cash
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory
Angus Robertson
Mr Anthony Steen

Noes, 4
Jim Dobbin
Sandra Osborne
John Robertson
Mr Bill Tynan

Whereupon the Chairman declared himself with the Noes.

Another Amendment proposed, after paragraph 25, to add the following new paragraph: 'We draw attention to the fact that we have been waiting for a response to our request to be allowed to sit in public when deliberating for more than a year, and that our request was made in the context of the Convention on the Future of Europe and the calls there for greater openness.'- ( Mr David Heathcoat-Amory.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 3
Mr William Cash
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory
Angus Robertson

Noes, 5
Jim Dobbin
Sandra Osborne
Anne Picking
John Robertson
Mr Bill Tynan

Another Amendment proposed, to leave out paragraph 26.- ( Mr Bill Tynan.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 5
Jim Dobbin
Sandra Osborne
Anne Picking
John Robertson
Mr Bill Tynan

Noes, 3
Mr William Cash
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory
Angus Robertson

Other Amendments made.

Supplementary memorandum, as amended, agreed to.

Ordered, That the Chairman and the Clerk do visit Luxembourg on 9 February to attend a meeting of the Chairmen of Committees belonging to COSAC, in a representative capacity. - ( The Chairman.)

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 25 January at 2.05 p.m.