Select Committee on Public Accounts Fifty-First Report


MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS OF

THE COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

SESSION 2001-02

WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH 2002

Members present:

Mr Edward Leigh, in the Chair


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

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

The Committee deliberated.

Mr Rob Molan, Second Treasury Officer of Accounts, was examined.

The Comptroller and Auditor General's Report on Agricultural fraud: The case of Joseph Bowden (HC 615) was considered.

Mr Brian Bender CB, Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, was further examined; and Mr Johnston McNeill, Chief Executive, and Mr Hugh MacKinnon, Operations Director, Rural Payments Agency, were examined (HC 684-i).

Mr George Osborne declared an interest as having been a Special Adviser to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food between 1995 and 1997.

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.

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[Adjourned until Monday 11 March at half past Four o'clock.

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WEDNESDAY 17 JULY 2002

Members present:


Mr Edward Leigh, in the Chair
Mr Nigel Jones
Mr Richard BaconMr George Osborne
Geraint DaviesMr David Rendel
Mr Frank FieldMr Gerry Steinberg
Mr Nick GibbJon Trickett
Mr Brian JenkinsMr Alan Williams

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

The Committee deliberated.

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Draft Report (Agricultural fraud: The case of Joseph Bowden), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

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

Paragraphs 1 to 6 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 7 postponed.

Paragraphs 8 to 30 read and agreed to.

Postponed paragraph 7 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Fifty-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.

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[Adjourned until Monday 21 October at Four o'clock.



 
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