Formal Minutes

Tuesday 4 December 2007

Members present:

Mr Alan Beith, in the Chair

Julie Morgan
Alun Michael
Dr Nick Palmer
Mr Virendra Sharma
Dr Alan Whitehead

1. Declaration of Interests

Alun Michael declared his interests in accordance with the Resolution of the House of 13 July 1992, as follows:

Overseas visits
29 January-3 February 2007, to Washington DC, to attend the Congressional Internet Caucus Conference, an event focussing on topics such as net neutrality, child protection online and cyber-crime, and for meetings with the Department of Justice, the FBI, the State Department and several Senators and Congressmen. Costs jointly funded by Pitcom (Parliamentary Information Technology Committee) and Eurim (European Information Society Group). (Registered 4 December 2007)

2-7 October 2007, to Moldova, to advise on devolution, funded by the John Smith Memorial Trust. (Registered 4 December 2007)

11-15 November 2007, to Rio de Janiero, to attend the Internet Governance Forum, an event facilitated by the United Nations as a multi-stakeholder event, to represent interest of All-Party Groups including Pitcom (Parliamentary Information Technology Committee) and the interest of Eurim (European Information Society Group). Travel and hotel costs funded by Eurim with the support of Nominet. (Registered 4 December 2007)

2. Sentencing Guidelines

Resolved, That the Committee write to the Sentencing Guidelines Council in relation to Fraud and Breaches of ASBOs.

Resolved, That the Committee take oral evidence on Sentencing Guidelines in relation to Fraud offences and breaches of ASBOs.

3. Towards Effective Sentencing

Resolved, That the Committee take oral evidence from Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice on Monday 17 December.

4. Protection of Personal Data

Mr Richard Thomas, Information Commissioner, and Mr David Smith, Deputy Information Commissioner, gave oral evidence.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 12 December at 9.00 am