Liaison Committee

Session 2003-04

21 January 2004


The Prime Minister will give evidence to the Liaison Committee on Tuesday 3 February at 9.00am in the Boothroyd Room in Portcullis House. The session is expected to last for up to two and a half hours.

The session is expected to cover both domestic and international affairs. Questioning will be based on a limited number of themes selected in advance. Notice of the questions is not given to the Prime Minister.

This is the fourth such session of oral evidence given to the Committee by Tony Blair. The first was held on 16 July 2002, the second on 21 January 2003, and the third on 8 July 2003.*  Such sessions are among a range of recent reforms to the select committee system which have strengthened Parliament’s ability to provide effective scrutiny and accountability of Government.

The session will be open to the press and public and is being held in a room equipped with television cameras for broadcasting, enabling the media to make use of the signal for live and recorded broadcasts. It will also be available on Parliament’s internal television network and will be Webcast live on

An uncorrected transcript of this hearing will be placed on the internet at as soon as possible on 3 February. The corrected transcript will be published in due course.


The Committee is chaired by Rt Hon Alan Williams (Labour, Swansea West) and includes the 34 Chairs of select committees. It is appointed to consider general matters relating to the work of select committees; to advise the House of Commons Commission on select committees; to choose select committee reports for debate in the House and, by a decision of the House of 14 May 2002 to hear evidence from the Prime Minister on matters of public policy. The powers of the Committee are set out in House of Commons Standing Order No. 145, which is available on


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* HC (2001-02) 1095, and HC (2002-03) 334-i & 334-ii respectively