Formal Minutes

Wednesday 23 February 2005

Members present:

Mr Jimmy Hood, in the Chair
Mr Liam Byrne
Mr William Cash
Mr Michael Connarty
Mr Jim Dobbin
Nick Harvey
Sandra Osborne
Anne Picking
John Robertson
Mr Anthony Steen

The Committee deliberated.

Liam Byrne stated that he had no interests to declare.

"Open method of co-ordination" for health care and long-term care: Rt Hon John Hutton, a Member of the House, Minister of State for Health, Nick Boyd, Head of International Affairs, Department of Health and Hanna Nicholas, Team Leader, EU Social Policy Team, Department for Work and Pensions, 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 8.16 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 8.17 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 9.1 to 13.18 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 13.19 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 13.20 and 14 read and agreed to.

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

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

Ordered, That the Chairman do report memoranda to the House.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 2 March at 2.30 pm