Select Committee on Public Accounts Thirty-First Report


MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

SESSION 2001-02

WEDNESDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2002

Members present:

Mr Edward Leigh in the Chair


Mr Richard BaconMr Nick Gibb
Geraint DaviesMr Brian Jenkins
Mr Barry GardinerMr Gerry Steinberg

Mr Tim Burr, Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General, was further examined.

Mr Brian Glicksman, Treasury Officer of Accounts, was further examined, and Mr Harry Bush, Director, Enterprise and Growth Unit, HM Treasury, was examined.

The Comptroller and Auditor General's Report on Opening the Post: Postcomm and postal services—the risks and opportunities (HC 521) was considered.

Mr Martin Stanley, Chief Executive, and Mr Graham Corbett CBE, Chairman, The Postal Services Commission, were examined (HC 632-i).

The witnesses withdrew.

The Committee further deliberated.

Resolved, That, further to the evidence taken this day, the Committee do take evidence from Consignia on the Comptroller and Auditor General's Report on Opening the Post: Postcomm and postal services—the risks and opportunities.

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[Adjourned until Monday 25 February at half past Four o'clock.


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SESSION 2001-02

MONDAY 25 MARCH 2002

Members present:

Mr Edward Leigh in the Chair


Mr Richard BaconMr George Osborne
Mr Ian DavidsonMr David Rendel
Geraint DaviesMr Gerry Steinberg
Mr Nick GibbJon Trickett
Mr Brian JenkinsMr Alan Williams

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

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

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The Comptroller and Auditor General's Report on Opening the Post: Postcomm and postal services—the risks and opportunities (HC 521) was further considered.

Mr John Roberts CBE, Chief Executive, Marisa Cassoni, Group Finance Director, and Mr Stuart Sweetman, Group Managing Director, Strategy and Business Development, Consignia, were examined (HC 632-ii).

The witnesses withdrew.

The Committee further deliberated.

Ordered, That the provisions of paragraph 1(a) of Standing Order No. 137A (Select Committees: power to work with other committees) be applied to the transcripts of evidence taken before the Committee this day, and on 13 February, in respect of the Trade and Industry Committee.—(The Chairman).

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[Adjourned until Wednesday 10 April at Four o'clock.


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MONDAY 22 APRIL 2002

Members present:

Mr Edward Leigh in the Chair


Mr Richard BaconMr George Osborne
Mr Ian DavidsonMr David Rendel
Geraint DaviesJon Trickett
Mr Nick GibbMr Alan Williams
Mr Brian Jenkins

Mr Tim Burr, Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General, was further examined.

The Committee deliberated.

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Draft Report (Postcomm: Opening the post), 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 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraph 5 postponed.

Paragraphs 6 to 8 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 9 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 10 to 23 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 24 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 25 to 39 read and agreed to.

Postponed paragraph 5 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report, as amended, be the Thirty-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.

[Adjourned until Wednesday 24 April at Four o'clock.




 
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