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

Tuesday 17 January 2006

Members present:

Dr Phyllis Starkey, in the Chair

Sir Paul Beresford

Mr Clive Betts

Lyn Brown

John Cummings

Mr Greg Hands

Anne Main

Mr Bill Olner

Dr John Pugh

Alison Seabeck

Declaration of new Member’s Interests

Members disclosed their interests pursuant to the Resolution of the House of 13 July 1992.

The interests disclosed by Mr Greg Hands are as follows:

“2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc

Councillor, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

4. Sponsorship or financial or material support

Donation to my constituency party from:

Bearwood Corporate Services

Mr Colin A Reid (constituent)

Mr Alasdair D Wilson (constituent)

The United and Cecil Club

Mr Michael F Adam (constituent)

Mr Trevor Pears, of London (personal donation)

(Registered 18 July 2005).”

ODPM Annual Report and Accounts 2005

Draft Report ( ODPM Annual Report and Accounts 2005), 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 10 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 11 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 12 to 17 read and agreed to.

Paragraphs 18 and 19 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 20 to 44 read and agreed to.

Summary read, amended and agreed to.

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

Ordered, That the provisions of Standing Order No.134 (Select Committees (reports)) be applied to the Report.

Several papers were ordered to be appended to the Minutes of Evidence.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee be reported to the House. - (The Chairman)

The Fire and Rescue Service

Agreed, that memoranda received to date as evidence by the Committee for the inquiry into the Fire and Rescue Service be reported to the House and placed on the Committee’s website.

Agreed, the witnesses for the inquiry into the Fire and Rescue Service.

Is there a future for Regional Government? (Appointment of Specialist Advisers)

Ordered, That Professor Alan Harding and Sir Les Elton be appointed Specialist Advisers to assist the Committee in its inquiry into Is there a future for Regional Government?.

[Adjourned till Monday 30 January at twenty past Four o’clock.