Formal Minutes

Tuesday 24 January 2006

Members present:

Mr Richard Benyon
Colin Burgon
Mr James Clappison
Mrs Ann Cryer
Mrs Janet Dean
Gwyn Prosser
Mr Richard Spring
Mr David Winnick

In the absence of the Chairman, Mr David Winnick was called to the Chair.

Declaration of interests

Mr Richard Spring declared his interests pursuant to the resolution of the House of 13 July 1992, as follows:

"Sponsorship or financial or material support
Donations to my constituency association received from:
Bearwood Corporate Services Limited. (Registered 4 April 2005)
Malabar Capital Limited, London. (Registered 26 September  2005)

Overseas visits
24-28 September 2005, to Syria, to discuss economic               development.  Transport and accommodation costs paid for by Sovereign Solutions Limited. (Registered 26 September 2005)
24-29 November 2005, to the United Arab Emirates with all-party delegation to meet Government representatives, at the invitation of the Government of the UAE.  The cost of flights and accommodation was met by the Government of the UAE. (Registered 13 December 2005)

Land and Property
Flat in London from which rental income is received.

Miscellaneous and unremunerated interests
Members of my family benefit from a trust."

The Committee's future programme
The Committee considered this matter.

Immigration Control Inquiry
Mr Justice Hodge, OBE, President, Asylum and Immigration Tribunal, and Mr Justice Collins, Lead Judge, Administrative Court, Royal Courts of Justice; and Suzanne McCarthy, Immigration Services Commissioner, and Stephen Seymour, Director of Operations, Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner, gave oral evidence.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 31 January at Ten o'clock.