Quadripartite Committee: Formal Minutes

TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2005

The Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees met concurrently, pursuant to Standing Order No. 137A.

Members present:

Defence Committee
Mr David S Borrow
Mr David Crausby
Linda Gilroy
Robert Key

Foreign Affairs Committee
Mike Gapes
Mr Paul Keetch
Sandra Osborne
Sir John Stanley

International Development Committee
John Barrett
John Bercow
Malcolm Bruce
Richard Burden

Trade and Industry Committee
Roger Berry
Mr Lindsay Hoyle
Peter Luff
Judy Mallaber

1. Declaration of Interests

Members disclosed their interests, pursuant to the resolution of the House of 13 July 1992.   Details of declarations of interest are recorded in the Appendix.

2. Selection of chairman

Roger Berry was called to the Chair, pursuant to Standing Order No. 137A(1)(d).

3. The Committees’ programme of work (choice of inquiries and method of operation)

The Committees considered their programme of work, pursuant to Standing Order No. 137A(1)(b).

Resolved, That the Committees inquire into Government's 2004 annual report on strategic exports and related matters.

Resolved, That the Committees take evidence from the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Minister of State at the Department of Trade and Industry with responsibility for the Export Control Organisations and other interested parties.

Ordered, That witnesses be examined in public, unless the Committees otherwise order.

Ordered, That those who submit Memoranda to the Committees be authorised to publish them, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 135(1), except in cases of particular sensitivity, where the Clerk is authorised to refer the matter to the Committees for decision.

Ordered, That uncorrected transcripts of oral evidence given to the Committees be published on the Internet, except in exceptional cases, where the Clerk is authorised to refer the matter to the Committees for decision.

4. Specialist advisers

The Committees considered the appointment of specialist advisers, pursuant to Standing Order No. 137A(1)(b).

Ordered, That Dr Sibylle Bauer, Dr Paul Cornish and Ms Joanna Kidd be appointed Specialist Advisers to assist the Committees in matters relating to strategic export controls.

  [Defence Committee Adjourned till Tuesday 15 November at half past Four o’clock; Foreign Affairs Committee Adjourned till Wednesday 2 November at Two o’clock; International Development Committee Adjourned till Tuesday 8 November at a quarter past Two o’clock; Trade and Industry Committee Adjourned till Tuesday 8 November at half past Ten o’clock]

APPENDIX

DECLARATION OF MEMBERS’ INTERESTS: QUADRIPARTITE COMMITTEE

[Note: these declarations are in addition to those made by Members at earlier meetings of the Committees]

1 November 2005

Defence Committee

Mr David S Borrow declared the following interests: defence suppliers and manufacturers in his constituency; and establishing links with Industry and Parliamentary Trust with Thales.

Mr David Crausby declared the following interests: 8-13 September 2005, to Gibraltar, to attend National Day celebrations, the flight and accommodation paid for by the Gibraltar Government.

Linda Gilroy declared the following interests: defence suppliers and manufacturers in her constituency; 18-24 September 2005, to Taiwan as a member of a parliamentary delegation, the travel and accommodation paid for by the Government of Taiwan; and vice president of the Society of Maritime Industries.

Robert Key declared the following interests: defence establishments in his constituency; and defence suppliers and manufacturers in his constituency.

Foreign Affairs Committee

Mike Gapes declared the following interests: 11-14 September 2005, to Chicago, to speak on International Criminal Court, hosted by Parliamentarians for Global Action who paid for his airfare and two nights’ accommodation.

Mr Paul Keetch declared the following interests: defence suppliers and manufacturers in his constituency; 24-29 July 2005, to Washington DC, to meet congressional and business interests, and British diplomats, to discuss UK/US intelligence policy, flights and accommodation were paid for by the UK Defence Forum; and 8-12 September 2005, to Gibraltar for National Day celebrations, with a parliamentary delegation, flights and accommodation were paid for by the Government of Gibraltar.

Sandra Osborne declared the following interests: defence suppliers and manufacturers in her constituency.

Sir John Stanley [nil]

International Development Committee

Malcolm Bruce undertook to declare any interest which became relevant.

John Barrett declared the following interests: defence suppliers and manufacturers in his constituency.

John Bercow declared the following interests: defence suppliers and manufacturers in his constituency; and due to attend the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO in Hong Kong, China on 12 to 15 December 2005, attendance funded by the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Richard Burden declared the following interests: defence manufacturers employ people from his constituency.

Trade and Industry Committee

Roger Berry declared the following interests: defence suppliers and manufacturers in his constituency.

Mr Lindsay Hoyle declared the following interests: defence suppliers and manufacturers in his constituency; and 8-12 September 2005, to Gibraltar with the All-Party Parliamentary Gibraltar Group, as guests of the Gibraltar Government. 

Peter Luff declared the following interests: defence suppliers and manufacturers in his constituency.

Judy Mallaber declared the following interests: defence manufacturers employ people from her constituency.