Select Committee on Liaison Minutes of Proceedings


Members present:

Mr Richard Allan

Mr Donald Anderson

Mr Tony Baldry

Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody

Jean Corston

Mr Michael Fabricant

Mr Bruce George

Dr Ian Gibson

Mr David Hinchliffe

Mr John Horam

Mr Martyn Jones

Mr Gerald Kaufman

Mr Edward Leigh

Mr David Lepper

Mr John McFall

Mr John McWilliam

Mr Michael Mates

Mr Chris Mullin

Mr Martin O'Neill

Mr Peter Pike

Mrs Marion Roe

Mr Barry Sheerman

Mr David Tredinnick

Mr Dennis Turner

Mr Alan Williams

Mr Nicholas Winterton

Dr Tony Wright

Sir George Young

The Committee deliberated.

Election of Chairman: Mr Alan Williams was called to the Chair.

Regular Meeting Time

Resolved, That the Committee's regular meeting time should be Thursdays at half past Nine o'clock.— (The Chairman.)

Working Methods (Use of Sub-Committees)

Resolved, That the Chairman do write to the Clerk of the Committee with any proposals for making use of a Sub-Committee in order to transact the Committee's business more efficiently.— (The Chairman.)

Travel Guidelines: The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the current upper cost limits for the different categories of overseas travel be uprated by 10 per cent, pending a full review of the guidelines.—(The Chairman.)

Overseas Travel

Resolved, That the Committee approves the visit to Pakistan by the International Development Committee at a revised cost of £71,270.— (The Chairman.)

Resolved, That the Committee approves the following visits:

European Scrutiny Committee to Madrid at a cost not exceeding £20,894;

Trade and Industry Committee to Brussels at a cost not exceeding £7,777;

Defence Committee to Brussels at a cost not exceeding £10,046, and to the USA at a cost not exceeding £57,803;

Work and Pensions Committee to the Netherlands, at a cost not exceeding £11,622.—(The Chairman.)

Debates in Westminster Hall: The Committee agreed the Reports to be recommended for debate in Westminster Hall.

Estimates Day

Ordered, That the Chairman do made the following Report to the House:

That the Liaison Committee had directed him to report the following recommendation for the allocation of time for the consideration of Estimates on an allotted day (being the first allotted day in the present Session of Parliament):

That a day not later than 6 February be allotted for the consideration of the following Votes on Account for the financial year 2002-03:

Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in so far as they relate to expenditure on waste management policy;

Department of Culture, Media and Sport, in so far as they relate to policy towards the staging of the world athletics championships in the United Kingdom.— (The Chairman.)

Annual Reports

Resolved, That departmentally related Select Committees should produce a report on their work in 2001, and annually thereafter.—(The Chairman.)

  [Adjourned till Thursday 13 December at half-past Nine o'clock



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