Constitutional Affairs Committee

Formal Minutes

Tuesday 11 January 2005

Members present:

Mr A J Beith, in the Chair

Peter Bottomley

Mr Clive Soley

Mrs Ann Cryer

Dr Alan Whitehead

Dr Alan Whitehead


The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That Nicholas Blake QC, Ben Emmerson QC and Thomas De La Mare be appointed Specialist Advisers to assist the Committee in its inquiry into the operation of the Special Immigration Appeals Commision (SIAC). -(The Chairman.)

Draft Report [Work of the Committee in 2004], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Second Report from the Constitutional Affairs Committee, Session 2004-05 (HC 207, p 18).)

Family Justice: the operation of the family courts: Caroline Abrahams, Director of Public Policy and Susannah Weekes, Assistant Director, NCH, Margaret Pendlebury, Vice Chair of the Board, National Family Mediation (NFM), Tony Coe, President, Equal Parenting Council; John Baker, Chairman, Families Need Fathers and Celia Conrad, former family law practitioner and a legal consultant on family law matters

[Adjourned till Tuesday 18 January at 9.15am