Formal Minutes

Wednesday 20 February 2008

Members present:

Michael Connarty, in the Chair
Mr Adrian Bailey
Mr David S Borrow
Mr William Cash
Ms Katy Clark
Jim Dobbin
Mr Greg Hands
Mr Keith Hill
Kelvin Hopkins
Bob Laxton
Mr Anthony Steen
Richard Younger Ross

1. Private Deliberative Session

Motion made, and Question put, That the Committee now sit in private. €” ( The Chairman.)

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 8

Noes, 2

Mr Adrian Bailey

Mr Greg Hands

Mr David S Borrow

Mr Anthony Steen

Ms Katy Clark

Jim Dobbin

Mr Keith Hill

Kelvin Hopkins

Bob Laxton

Richard Younger-Ross

The Committee considered those matters on which the Committee should deliberate in private.

Motion made, and Question put, That consideration of Any Other Business be split into two parts and that certain items be taken during the public session. €” ( Mr Greg Hands.)

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 2

Noes, 8

Mr Greg Hands

Mr Adrian Bailey

Mr Anthony Steen

Mr David S Borrow

Ms Katy Clark

Jim Dobbin

Mr Keith Hill

Kelvin Hopkins

Bob Laxton

Richard Younger-Ross

Motion made, and Question put, That Ministerial Correspondence be discussed during the private deliberative sessions of the Committee. €” ( Bob Laxton.)

The Committee divided

Ayes, 6

Noes, 4

Mr Adrian Bailey

Mr David S Borrow

Ms Katy Clark

Mr Greg Hands

Jim Dobbin

Mr Anthony Steen

Mr Keith Hill

Richard Younger-Ross

Kelvin Hopkins

Bob Laxton

Motion made, and Question put, That the discussion of matters with the Committee's advisers take place in private. €” ( The Chairman.)

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 8

Noes, 2

Mr Adrian Bailey

Mr Greg Hands

Mr David S Borrow

Mr Anthony Steen

Ms Katy Clark

Jim Dobbin

Mr Keith Hill

Kelvin Hopkins

Bob Laxton

Richard Younger-Ross

Motion made, and Question put, that the Committee shall meet in private except for the sifting of documents, the consideration of related draft reports and pre and post Council scrutiny.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 8

Noes, 2

Mr Adrian Bailey

Mr Greg Hands

Mr David S Borrow

Mr Anthony Steen

Ms Katy Clark

Jim Dobbin

Mr Keith Hill

Kelvin Hopkins

Bob Laxton

Richard Younger-Ross

2. The Committee met in public for the 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 2.31 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 3, Headnote read. Amendment proposed in line 17, to leave out the word "Cleared", and to insert the words "Not Cleared."

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 7

Noes, 1

Mr Adrian Bailey

Mr David S Borrow

Jim Dobbin

Mr Greg Hands

Kelvin Hopkins

Bob Laxton

Mr Anthony Steen

Richard Younger-Ross

Headnote agreed to.

Paragraphs 3.1 to 12 read and agreed to.

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

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

[Adjourned till Wednesday 27 February at 2.30 p.m.