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PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE

TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER 2000

Members present:

Mr Martyn Jones, in the Chair

Mr Martin Caton
Mr Huw Edwards
Mr Richard Livsey
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Ms Julie Morgan
Mr Chris Ruane

The Committee deliberated.

Wales in the World: the role of the UK Government in promoting Wales abroad: Sir David Wright, Group Chief Executive, Mr Ian Jones, Director, Regional Group, Mr Alastair Morgan, Director of Operations, Invest-UK, British Trade International, were examined.

Mr David Green, Director General, The British Council, Mr Tony Deyes, Director, The British Council in Wales and Mr Rudolf Plautt, Member of the British Council Welsh Advisory Committee, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 19 December at half-past Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER 2000

Members present:

Mr Martyn Jones, in the Chair

Mr Martin Caton
Mr Huw Edwards
Dr Julian Lewis
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Ms Julie Morgan
Mr John Smith
Mrs Betty Williams

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Special Report [The Work of the Committee Since Devolution], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

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

Paragraphs 1 to 36 read and agreed to.

Annex agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the First Special Report of the Committee to the House.

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

[Adjourned till Tuesday 16 January 2001 at Ten o'clock at the Cardiff Arms
   Suite, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

TUESDAY 16 JANUARY 2001

[The Committee met at the Cardiff Arms Suite, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff]

Members present:

Mr Martyn Jones, in the Chair

Mr Martin Caton
Mr Huw Edwards
Mr Richard Livsey
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Mr Chris Ruane
Mrs Betty Williams

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do seek a memorandum from the Government on the primary legislation process as it affects Wales.—(The Chairman.)

Wales in the World: the role of the UK Government in promoting Wales abroad: Mr Glanmor Griffiths, Chairman and Treasurer of the Welsh Rugby Union and Chairman of the Millennium Stadium Company and Mr Dennis Gethin, Chief Executive Officer of the Welsh Rugby Union, were examined.

Mr Richard Callicott, Chief Executive, and Mr John Scott, Director of International Relations and Major Events, UK Sport, were examined.

Professor Elan Closs Stephens, Chair, S4C, Mr Huw Jones, Chief Executive, S4C, and Mr Wyn Innes, Managing Director, S4C International, were examined. [This evidence was partly in the Welsh language]

[Adjourned till Tuesday 30 January at Ten o'clock in the Monsanto Suite, International Eistedfford Pavilion, Llangollen.

TUESDAY 30 JANUARY 2001

[The Committee met at the Monsanto Suite,
International Eisteddfod Pavilion, Llangollen]

Members present:

Mr Martyn Jones, in the Chair

Mr Martin Caton
Mr Chris Ruane
Mrs Betty Williams

The Committee deliberated.

Wales in the World: the role of the UK Government in promoting Wales abroad:
Mrs Maureen Jones, Director of Marketing, Mr Selwyn Evans, Treasurer and Mr Keith Hall, Competitors' Liaison Officer, Llangollen International Eisteddfod, were examined. [This evidence was partly in the Welsh language]

Mr Lindsay Hicks, Senior Partner, Mr Paul Selwyn-Smith, Partner and Mr Roger Guest, Business Development Manager, Hicks Randles Chartered Accountants, were examined.

Mr David Quarmby, Chairman, Mr Bernard Donoghue, Head of Government and Corporate Affairs and Mr Bill Ishmael, BTA Manager, Johannesburg, South Africa, British Tourist Authority, were examined. [This evidence was partly in the Welsh language]

[Adjourned till Tuesday 6 February at Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr Martyn Jones, in the Chair

Mr Martin Caton
Mr Huw Edwards
Mr Richard Livsey
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Mrs Betty Williams

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into job losses in the steel industry in Wales.—(The Chairman.)

Resolved, That the Committee do take the evidence from the Post Office on post office closures in Wales.—(The Chairman.)

Wales in the World: Rt Hon Paul Murphy, a Member of the House, Secretary of State for Wales, Mr Brian Wilson, a Member of the House, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Dr Kim Howells, a Member of the House, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry, Ms Alison Jackson, Head, Office of the Secretary of State for Wales, Mr Alistair Howie, Head of International Tourism Branch, and Mr Keith Gibbins, Head of Films Branch, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 27 February at half-past Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr Martyn Jones, in the Chair

Mr Huw Edwards
Mr Chris Ruane
Mrs Betty Williams

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Thursday 1 March at Two o'clock.

THURSDAY 1 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr Martyn Jones, in the Chair

Mr Martin Caton
Mr Huw Edwards
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Ms Julie Morgan
Mr Owen Paterson
Mr Chris Ruane
Mr John Smith
Mrs Betty Williams

The Committee deliberated.

Job Losses in the Steel Industry in Wales: Mr Michael J Leahy, ISTC General Secretary, Mr Michael Walsh, ISTC Head of Research, Mr John Rowse, T&G National Officer, and Mr Bob Shannon, AEEU National Officer, were examined.

Sir Brian Moffat, Chairman and acting Chief Executive, Mr Tony Pedder, Executive Director, and Mr David Jackson, Corporate Relations Director, Corus Group plc, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 6 March at half-past Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 6 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr Martyn Jones, in the Chair

Mr Martin Caton
Mr Huw Edwards
Dr Julian Lewis
Mr Richard Livsey
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Ms Julie Morgan
Mr Chris Ruane
Mrs Betty Williams

The Committee deliberated.

Wales in the World: the role of the UK Government in promoting Wales abroad: Mr Roger Jones, National Governor for Wales, Ms Menna Richards, Controller of BBC Wales and Mr Michael Hastings, Head of UK Public Affairs, British Broadcasting Corporation, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 13 March at Eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY 13 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr Martyn Jones, in the Chair

Mr Martin Caton
Mr Richard Livsey
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Ms Julie Morgan
Mr Chris Ruane
Mrs Betty Williams

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit and hold meetings in North Wales with representatives of the tourist industry, in connection with its inquiry into Wales in the World: the role of the UK Government in promoting Wales abroad, and to discuss the impact of the foot-and-mouth crisis on tourism in Wales.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 20 March at Eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY 20 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr Martyn Jones, in the Chair

Mr Richard Livsey
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Ms Julie Morgan
Mrs Betty Williams

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [Wales in the World: the role of the UK Government in promoting Wales Abroad], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

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

Paragraphs 1 to 76 read and agreed to.

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

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

Ordered, That the provisions of Standing Order No.134 (Select committees (reports)) be applied to the Report.

Several Papers were ordered to be appended to the Minutes of Evidence.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

Several papers were ordered to be reported to the House.

The Committee further deliberated.

Post Office Closures in Wales: Mr Stuart Sweetman, Group Managing Director, Customer & Banking Services, Mr Mike Granville, Head of Network Policy, and Mr Basil Larkins, Managing Director, Network Banking, The Post Office, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 27 March at half-past Ten o'clock at the Hercules Hall,
Portmeirion, Gwynedd.

TUESDAY 27 MARCH 2001

[The Committee met at the Hercules Hall, Portmeirion, Gwynedd]

Members present:

Mr Martyn Jones, in the Chair

Mr Martin Caton
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Ms Julie Morgan
Mr Chris Ruane
Mrs Betty Williams

The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That the Chairman do write to the Secretary of State for Wales concerning the impact of the foot-and-mouth outbreak on tourism in Wales.—(The Chairman.)

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

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

Paragraph 1 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Second Special Report of the Committee to the House.

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

Ordered, That the response from the Government to the Third Report of Session 1999–2000 [Social Exclusion in Wales] be appended to the Report.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That several Memoranda be appended to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 20 March.—(The Chairman.)

Several papers were ordered to be reported to the House.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 3 April at Eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY 3 APRIL 2001

Members present:

Mr Martyn Jones, in the Chair

Mr Martin Caton
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Ms Julie Morgan
Mr Chris Ruane

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into Welsh young offenders held outside Wales.—(The Chairman.)               

Resolved. That the Committee do visit HMP and YOI Ashfield and HMP and YOI Eastwood Park on 30 April and 1 May 2001 in connection with the said inquiry.—(The Chairman.)

[Adjourned till Wednesday 2 May at Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 2 MAY 2001

Members present:

Mr Martyn Jones, in the Chair

Mr Martin Caton
Mr Huw Edwards
Mr Richard Livsey
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Ms Julie Morgan
Mr Owen Paterson
Mr Chris Ruane
Mr John Smith
Mrs Betty Williams

The Committee deliberated.

Job Losses in the Steel Industry in Wales: Sir Brian Moffat, Chairman and acting Chief Executive, Mr Tony Pedder, Executive Director, and Mr David Jackson, Corporate Relations Director, Corus Group plc, were further examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 8 May at Two o'clock.

TUESDAY 8 MAY 2001

Members present:

Mr Huw Edwards
Mr Richard Livsey
Mr Chris Ruane
Mrs Betty Williams

In the absence of the Chairman, Mr Huw Edwards was called to the Chair.

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [Welsh Young Offenders Held Outside Wales: Interim Report and Proposals for Further Inquiry], proposed by Mr Huw Edwards, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report proposed by Mr Huw Edwards be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 16 read and agreed to.

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

Ordered, That Mr Huw Edwards do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the provisions of Standing Order No.134 (Select committees (reports)) be applied to the Report.

A Paper was ordered to be appended to the Report.

[Adjourned to a date and time to be fixed by the Chairman.


 
 
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