Formal Minutes

Tuesday 19 February

Members present:

Mr Alan Beith, in the Chair

Mr David Howarth
Daniel Kawczynski
Julie Morgan
Alun Michael
Virendra Sharma
Mr Andrew Turner
Dr Alan Whitehead

1. Declaration of Interest

Mr Andrew Turner declared his interests in accordance with the Resolution of the House of 13 July 1992, as follows:

Land and property

The half share of a flat in Cowes, Isle of Wight.

2. Annual Report

Draft Report (Work of the Committee in 2007), proposed by the Chairman, brought up, read and agreed to.

(The draft Report was agreed to; the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Second Report of the Committee HC 358).

3. Ministry of Justice Autumn Performance Report

The Committee considered this matter.

4. Pre-appointment hearings by Select Committees

The Committee considered this matter.

5. Future Programme

The Committee considered this matter.

Resolved, That the Committee would visit prisons on the Isle of Sheppey, in connection with its inquiry into Justice Reinvestment.

6.Sub Committee

Resolved, That a Sub Committee be appointed to take oral evidence; That all the members of the Committee be members of the Sub Committee; and That the Chairman be Chairman of the Sub Committee.

7. Devolution: A Decade On

Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP, Lord Tyler CBE and Professor Vernon Bogdanor; and Michael Knowles, Campaign for an English Parliament, and Peter Stacey, Unlock Democracy, gave oral evidence.

[Adjourned till 26th February in the Radisson SAS Hotel in Edinburgh at 9:45 a.m.