Select Committee on Public Accounts Minutes of Proceedings Report


WEDNESDAY 5 DECEMBER 2001

Members present:

Mr Edward Leigh, in the Chair


Mr Ian DavidsonMr George Osborne
Geraint DaviesMr David Rendel
Mr Nick GibbMr Gerry Steinberg
Mr Brian Jenkins


Sir John Bourn KCB, Comptroller and Auditor General, was further examined.

The Committee deliberated.

Mr Glenn Hull, Second Treasury Officer of Accounts, was further examined.

The Comptroller and Auditor General's Report on The Auction of Radio Spectrum for the Third Generation of Mobile Telephones (HC 233) was considered.

Mr David Hendon, Chief Executive, Radiocommunications Agency, was examined (HC 436-i).

Mr David Rendel declared a pecuniary interest as a shareholder in British Telecom, and a non-pecuniary interest in that Vodaphone is in his constituency.

Resolved, That, recognising certain changes which might be necessary as a consequence of the Committee's seminar in the New Year, and with regard to any decision of the House for a spring break, the Committee agree to the proposed programme of inquiries from 14 January to 25 March.—(The Chairman).

Resolved, The Committee took note of and, with some suggested additions, approved the National Audit Office Programme for 2001-02 and Areas for Consideration for 2002-03; and resolved that the Programme's details be made known to all select committees of the House.—(The Chairman).

Resolved, That the Committee's seminar agreed at its meeting on 5 November take place on 27 and 28 February.—(The Chairman).

Draft Report (Tackling Obesity in England), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

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

Paragraphs 1 to 4 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 5 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraph 6 postponed.

Paragraphs 7 to 51 read and agreed to.

A paragraph, brought up, read the first and second time, and inserted (now paragraph 52).—(The Chairman).

Postponed paragraph 6 read, amended and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report, as amended, be the Ninth 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 Committee (Reports)) be applied to the Report.

Another draft Report (The Acquisition of German Parcel), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

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

Paragraphs 1 to 3 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 4 postponed.

Paragraphs 5 to 23 read and agreed to.

Paragraphs 24 to 27 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 28 to 41 read and agreed to.

Paragraphs 42 to 45 read, amended and agreed to.

Postponed paragraph 4 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report, as amended, be the Tenth 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 Committee (Reports)) be applied to the Report.

[Adjourned until Monday 10 December at half past Four o'clock.





 
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