Select Committee on Public Accounts Minutes of Proceedings Report


  Members present:

  Mr Edward Leigh, in the Chair

Mr Richard BaconMr Brian Jenkins
Geraint DaviesMr David Rendel
Mr Barry GardinerJon Trickett
Mr Nick GibbMr Alan Williams

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

The Committee deliberated.

Mr Brian Glicksman, Treasury Officer of Accounts, was further examined.

The Comptroller and Auditor General's Report on Pipes and Wires: Regulating prices and quality of networks delivering essential services (HC 723) was considered.

Mr Philip Fletcher, Director General, Office of Water Services; Mr Callum McCarthy, Chairman and Chief Executive, Office of Gas and Electricity Markets; and Mr David Edmonds, Director General, Office of Telecommunications, were examined (HC 831-i).

A division of the House being called, the Chairman suspended the meeting for ten minutes.

The Committee resumed.

The witnesses were further examined.

The witnesses withdrew.

The Committee further deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee's proposed visit to Kensington Palace, agreed at the Committee's meeting on 18 July 2001 in the context of the Committee's inquiries into, and continuing interest in, the costs of maintaining the Royal Palaces that are funded by grant-in-aid, take place on Thursday 13 June 2002.—(The Chairman).

Resolved, That the Committee do visit the Treasury Building, Great George Street, on 25 June 2002, in connection with its ongoing inquiry into PFI Financing: The Treasury Building Project.—(The Chairman).

Resolved, That the Committee's proposed visit to the Cour des Comptes, Paris, agreed at the Committee's meeting on 25 March 2002 in connection with its ongoing interest in financial arrangement and control in the European Union, take place on 29-30 October 2002.—(The Chairman).

Resolved, That Imperial Tobacco Group Plc be invited to give evidence before the Committee in connection with its inquiry into Customs and Excise Standard Report 2000-01: Tobacco Smuggling, on a day and time to be arranged.—(The Chairman).

[Adjourned until Monday 13 May at Four o'clock.

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