Formal Minutes

Wednesday 14th March 2007

Members present:

Mr Jack Straw, in the Chair

Mr Paul Burstow, Ann Coffey, Philip Davies, Mark Lazarowicz, Mrs Theresa May, Mr Richard Shepherd, Sir Peter Soulsby, Paddy Tipping, Sir Nicholas Winterton, Mr Iain Wright

1. Oral evidence

Strengthening the role of the backbencher and making better use of non-legislative time: Professor Robert Blackburn, School of Law, King's College London, Professor Philip Cowley, School of Politics & Public Relations, University of Nottingham, and Professor Lord Norton of Louth, Professor of Government, University of Hull; Dr Philip Giddings, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Reading, Gemma Rosenblatt, Hansard Society, and Professor Michael Rush, Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Exeter gave oral evidence.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 21st March at half-past Nine o'clock