Formal Minutes

Wednesday 26 January 2005

Members present:

Mr Jimmy Hood, in the Chair
Mr Richard Bacon
Mr William Cash
Mr Michael Connarty
Mr Wayne David
Jim Dobbin
Nick Harvey
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory
Sandra Osborne
Angus Robertson
John Robertson
Mr Anthony Steen
Mr Bill Tynan

The Committee deliberated.

Motion made, and Question put, That the Committee withdraws its request to the Leader of the House to be allowed to meet in public when deliberating. - ( Mr Bill Tynan.)

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 6
Mr Michael Connarty
Mr Wayne David
Jim Dobbin
Sandra Osborne
John Robertson
Mr Bill Tynan

Noes, 6
Mr Richard Bacon
Mr William Cash
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory
Nick Harvey
Angus Robertson
Mr Anthony Steen

Whereupon the Chairman declared himself with the Ayes.

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 5.11 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 5.12 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 5.13 to 12.3 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 12.4 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 13.1 to 15 read and agreed to.

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

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

Ordered, That the following paper be appended to the Report: Report on Council meeting.

Draft Report [The work of the Committee in 2004], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the Chairman's draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 and 2 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 3 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 4 to 31 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 32 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraph 33 read and agreed to.

Annex agreed to.

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

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

Ordered, That those who submit memoranda to the Committee have leave to publish them, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 135 (1).

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 2 February at 2.30 p.m.