Formal Minutes

Wednesday 16 January 2008

Members present:

Michael Connarty, in the Chair
Mr Adrian Bailey
Mr David S Borrow
Mr William Cash
Jim Dobbin
Keith Hill
Kelvin Hopkins
Mr Bob Laxton
Angus Robertson
Mr Anthony Steen

1. Draft Council Decision establishing the European Police Office (EUROPOL)

Mr Tony McNulty MP, Minister of State for Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing, Mr Jonathan Sweet, International Deputy Director, Mr Ben Judah, Police and Organised Crime Team, International Directorate, and Mr Colin Attrill, Parliament and Council Team, International Directorate, gave oral evidence.

2. Scrutiny of Documents

Draft Report, proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1.1 to 26 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Eighth Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House.

3. Fourth Joint Parliamentary Meeting on the Lisbon Strategy

Resolved, that the Chairman have leave to visit Brussels to attend the Fourth Joint Parliamentary Meeting on the Lisbon Strategy in a representative capacity.

Resolved, That the Chairman have leave to visit Slovenia to attend the Conference of Community and European Affairs Committees of the European Union Chairpersons meeting in a representative capacity.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 23 January at 2.30 p.m.