Formal Minutes

Wednesday 28th June 2006

Members present:

Mr Jack Straw, in the Chair

Mr Paul Burstow, Ms Dawn Butler, Mr Greg Knight, Mark Lazarowicz, Mr Adrian Sanders, Mr Richard Shepherd, Paddy Tipping, Sir Nicholas Winterton

1. The Legislative Process

Ordered, That the memorandum submitted by Mr Stephen Laws be communicated to the Joint Committee on Conventions.€”( The Chairman.)

2. Oral evidence

The Legislative Process: Mr John Cridland CBE, Deputy Director-General, CBI; Mr Nigel Stanley, Head of Campaigns and Communications, TUC; Mr Richard Schofield, Policy Manager, Business & Property Law, Law Reform Team, and Ms Patricia Barratt, Solicitor, Clifford Chance, and Member of Law Reform Board, Law Society gave oral evidence.

3. Future programme

The Committee considered this matter.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 5th July at a quarter-past Three o'clock.