Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Formal Minutes

Monday 6 March 2006

Members present:

Dr Phyllis Starkey, in the Chair

Mr Clive Betts

Lyn Brown

John Cummings

Mr Greg Hands

Martin Horwood

Anne Main

Mr Bill Olner

Alison Seabeck

Concessionary Bus Fares

Agreed, That the memorandum from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister relating to the Concessionary Bus Fare Scheme, be reported to the House and placed on the Committee’s website.

Affordability and the Supply of Housing

Agreed, That the oral and written evidence received to date relating to the inquiry into the Affordability and the Supply of Housing, be reported to the House and printed.

Is there a future for Regional Government?

Agreed, That the oral and written evidence received to date relating to the inquiry, Is there an future for Regional Government?, be reported to the House and printed.

Resolved, That the Committee visit the South West of England.

Resolved, That the Committee visit Lille, and that the Chairman do seek the approval of the Liaison Committee.

Ordered, That Paul Hildreth be appointed Specialist Adviser to assist the Committee.

Re-licensing

Draft Report ( Re-licensing), 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 to 18 read and agreed to.

Paragraphs 19 and 20 brought up.

Paragraph 19 amended and agreed to.

Paragraph 20 deleted.

Paragraphs 21 (now paragraph 20) to 44 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 45 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 46 to 54 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 55 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 56 to 70 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 71 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraph 72 to 73 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 74 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraph 75 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 76 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraph 77 to 82 read and agreed to.

A paragraph brought up, read the first and second time and inserted (now paragraph 83).

Paragraphs 84 to 87 read and agreed to.

Summary read, amended and agreed to.

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

Ordered, That the Chairman make the report to the House.

Ordered, That embargoed copies of the Report be made available, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 134.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee be reported to the House.

[Adjourned till Monday 13 March at twenty past Four o’clock.