Formal Minutes

Wednesday 20 July 2005

Members present:

Mr Richard Benyon
Mr Jeremy Browne
Colin Burgon
Mr James Clappison
Mrs Ann Cryer
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr John Denham
Nick Harvey
Nick Herbert
Steve McCabe
Mr Shahid Malik
Gwyn Prosser
Mr Gary Streeter
Mr David Winnick

Members disclosed their pecuniary interests pursuant to the resolution of the House of 13 July 1992.  For details of declarations see Annex.

Mr John Denham was called to the Chair.

The Committee's programme of work

The Committee considered this matter.

Resolved, That the Committee reaffirm its decision to host a Conference of Justice and Home Affairs Committees of the Parliaments of the Member States and Candidates of the European Union on 24 November 2005.

Ordered, That a Sub-committee be appointed to consider, jointly with a Sub-committee of the Work and Pensions Committee, the draft Corporate Manslaughter Bill.

Ordered, That all the members of the Committee be members of the Sub-committee.

Ordered, That the Chairman be Chairman of the Sub-committee.

Ordered, That the Chairman of the Sub-committee take decisions on its programme, in conjunction with the Chairman of the Works and Pensions Sub-committee.

Ordered, That the Chairman and two other members of the Committee visit Brussels on 17 and 18 October to attend a meeting organised by the European Parliament's Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs in a representative capacity.

The Committee's working practices

Ordered, That the Chairman and Committee staff liaise with the Hansard Society to draw up proposals for on-line consultations.

Ordered, That the Chairman take decisions on arrangements for the autumn programme as necessary during the recess.

Ordered, That the public be admitted during the examination of witnesses unless the Committee otherwise orders.

Ordered, That persons and organisations submitting memoranda accepted as evidence by the Committee have leave to publish their memoranda, except in cases of particular sensitivity, where the Clerk is authorised to refer the matter to the Committee for decision.

Ordered, That the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee be published on the Committee's website, whenever possible within ten days of the relevant meeting; provided that any information of a sensitive nature the disclosure of which would compromise security or otherwise hamper the work of the Committee should be omitted from this publication, but included in the end-of-session cumulative minutes, if the original reason for withholding the information no longer applied.

Ordered, That the Committee staff be authorised, where appropriate, to communicate likely lines of questioning to witnesses in advance of evidence sessions.

Resolved, That the Committee do not investigate individual cases.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 13 September at a quarter past Ten o'clock.