Constitution Press Notice

Constitution Committee

15 - 17 MAY 2002:


The House of Lords Constitution Committee, chaired by Lord Norton of Louth, is conducting an inquiry into devolution, particularly looking at how well the current system for inter-institutional relations works. The full call for evidence, to which anyone may respond, is published at Call for Evidence .

As part of this inquiry, the Committee will take oral evidence in public in Edinburgh. The Committee will meet in the Wallace Suite, 1st floor, Sheraton Hotel, Festival Square, Edinburgh, to take evidence as follows:

Wednesday 15 May

11.00    Professor David McCrone, Professor of Sociology,         University of Edinburgh

12.00    Mr Jim Walker, President, National Farmers Union Scotland

14.30    Ms Patricia Ferguson MSP (Labour), Minister for Parliamentary Business, Scottish Executive

16.15    Mr Ross Finnie MSP (Liberal Democrat), Minister for Environment and Rural Development, Scottish Executive

17.30    Sir Muir Russell KCB, Permanent Secretary, Scottish Executive

Thursday 16 May

10.00    Professor David Heald, Professor of Accountancy, University of Aberdeen and Professor David Bell, Professor of Economics, University of Stirling

11.30    Mr Andy Kerr MSP (Labour), Minister for Finance, Scottish Executive

16.00    Rt Hon Jim Wallace QC MSP (Liberal Democrat), Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice, Scottish Executive

Friday 17 May

09.00    Mr Richard Parry, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Edinburgh

10.00    Professor Alan Page, Professor of Public Law, University of Dundee

11.30    Rt Hon the Lord Steel of Aikwood KBE MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, and Mr Paul Grice, Clerk of the Scottish Parliament

The Committee will hold further meetings in private, including opposition politicians and the First Minister, the Rt Hon. Jack McConnell MSP.

The Committee will visit Cardiff  27-28 May and hope to visit Belfast during the inquiry.

Further information from Andrew Mackersie

Tel: 020 7219 5960, Pager: 07659 121 463, email:

Messages may be left at the Sheraton Hotel (Edinburgh) between 15 - 17 May, Tel: 0131 229 9131 or with Yasmin Muthy, Tel: 020 7219 5960