Quadripartite Committee: Formal Minutes

TUESDAY 25 APRIL 2006

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
Paul Keetch
Sir John Stanley
Richard Younger-Ross

International Development Committee:
Malcolm Bruce
John Barrett
Richard Burden
Mr Quentin Davies

Trade and Industry Committee:
Roger Berry
Mr Lindsay Hoyle
Peter Luff

1. Roger Berry was called to the Chair in accordance with Standing Order No. 137A(1)(d).

2. 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.

3. Permission to publish memoranda

The Committees gave permission to Mr Mark Thomas to publish the memoranda entitled “Submission of evidence for the Quadripartite Committee on Ashok Leyland Ltd and Sudan” and “Report to the Quadripartite Committee on torture equipment, brokerage and enforcement”.

4. The Committees deliberated in accordance with Standing Order No. 137A(1)(b).

5. Strategic Export Controls  

Dr Howells MP, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Graham Glover, Head of Arms Trade Unit, Counter-Proliferation Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Mr Trevor Moore, Deputy Head, Counter-Proliferation Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office,  gave oral evidence.

[Defence Committee Adjourned till Tuesday 2 May at Ten o’clock
Foreign Affairs Committee Adjourned till Wednesday 26 April at Two o’clock
International Development Committee Adjourned till Thursday 27 April at a quarter past Two o’clock
Trade and Industry Committee Adjourned till Tuesday 2 May at a quarter to Eleven 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.

25 April 2006

Foreign Affairs Committee
Richard Younger-Ross [nil]

International Development Committee
Mr Quentin Davies [nil]