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

Monday 27 March 2006

Members present:

Sir Paul Beresford

Mr Clive Betts

John Cummings

Martin Horwood

Anne Main

Mr Bill Olner

Alison Seabeck

In the absence of the Chairman, Mr Clive Betts was called to the Chair.

Coastal Towns

Agreed, That the written evidence received to date relating to the inquiry into Coastal Towns, be reported to the House and printed.

Planning Gain Supplement

Agreed, That the written evidence received to date relating to the inquiry into the Planning Gain Supplement, be reported to the House and printed.

Ordered, That Mr Liam Bailey be appointed Specialist Adviser to assist the Committee in its inquiry into the Planning Gain Supplement.

Agreed, the witnesses for the inquiry into the Planning Gain Supplement.

Oral Evidence Session for Is there a future for Regional Government?

Stephanie Hilborne, Chief Executive and Paul Wilkinson, Head of Conservation Policy, East of England, The Wildlife Trusts, Dr Mike Clarke, Director of Regional Operations and Mr Chris Corrigan, Regional Director, South East England, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB);

Andrew Cogan, Chief Executive, Jenny Kartupelis, Regional VCS Faiths interests, and Richard Boyd, COVER (East of England Regional Voluntary Sector Network and European funding advice in the East of England);

Sally Low, Director of Policy and External Affairs, and Charlotte Moore-Bick, Policy Adviser, British Chamber of Commerce (BCC);

Jane Thomas, former director of the Campaign for Yorkshire, and Councillor Foote-Wood, Vice-Chair of the North East Assembly; and

Bob Neill, Deputy Chair (and Conservative Assembly Member for Bexley and Bromley) and  Richard Derecki, Director of Studies (Senior Scrutiny Manager), Commission on London Governance; gave oral evidence.

 [Adjourned till Monday 24 April at Four o’clock.