Formal Minutes

Tuesday 24 April 2007

[Morning sitting]

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair
Mr Richard Benyon
Mr Jeremy Browne
Ms Karen Buck
Mr James Clappison
Mrs Ann Cryer
Mrs Janet Dean
Gwyn Prosser
Mr David Winnick

Machinery of government changes

The Committee considered this matter.

Resolved, That the Committee do not proceed with its inquiry into Towards Effective Sentencing.

Resolved, That this Committee believes that when the machinery of government changes announced on 29 March come into effect, it is in the interests of effective scrutiny for those elements of the criminal justice system which are significantly shared by the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice to be scrutinised as a whole.

Ordered, That the Chairman should propose to the Leader of the House that a Motion be put to the House for decision, instructing the Home Affairs Committee and the Committee responsible for scrutinising the Ministry of Justice to set up a standing joint sub-committee to examine those issues.

[Adjourned till this day at ten minutes to Three o'clock.