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Working Group on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: Membership

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Hayman: The arrangements for the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Working Group are being finalised. The working group will comprise a key group, a reference group and a children's sub-group. Invitations have been sent to health service professionals, academics, representatives of voluntary groups and patients to be members of these groups.

Details of members of both the key group and the children's sub-group will be announced shortly.

EC Aid Budget: Fraud

Lord Swinfen asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Amos: The Government consistently support measures to improve the financial management and control of the Community budget. In particular they support measures to strengthen the role of the European Court of Auditors which were agreed at the Amsterdam Intergovernmental Conference last year. Improving financial management and strengthening the fight against fraud were priorities of the UK Presidency of the EU.

The Government are very concerned at allegations that there has been fraud or misuse in the EC Humanitarian Office (ECHO). The indications are that the fraud consisted of recruiting and paying for extra staff through false contracts, with the aim of supplementing over-stretched Commission staff. We will need to await the outcome of investigations before reaching firm conclusions.

The lead in these investigations is taken by the Commission's anti-fraud unit, UCLAF. The Government take a close interest in the work of UCLAF.

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The European Parliament has called for UCLAF to be transformed into an independent anti-fraud office, and the Commission has undertaken to bring forward proposals on this. We will look carefully at these proposals and will support them if they are the best way to prevent fraud in the future.

Scotland: EU Membership

Lord Garel-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, in the event of a declaration of independence by the Scottish Parliament, membership of the European Union would remain vested in the United Kingdom Government at Westminster; and[HL3364]

    What their position would be with regard to an application by an independent Scotland for membership of the European Union.[HL3365]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (Lord Sewel): These are entirely hypothetical questions which would only need to be addressed in the context of negotiations leading to the establishment of an independent Scotland, for which the Government have no plans. Since the constitution and international relations will be reserved matters following devolution, the question of Scottish independence and arrangements for the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union will remain a matter for the UK Parliament at Westminster.

Income Inequality

Lord Hooson asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What steps they intend to take, in the light of the Eurostat survey of poverty and income distribution in 13 European Union countries, to lower the inequality in income between the richest 10 per cent. in the United Kingdom and the poorest 10 per cent. which respectively receive 26.1 per cent., and 3 per cent. of national income.[HL3381]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): The latest edition of Households Below Average Income (HBAI) covering the period 1979-1996/7 was published on 15 October. HBAI provides a more detailed picture than that available from the Eurostat survey. The HBAI estimates show that an important cause of income inequality is the substantial number of working age people living in low income, workless families. Our New Deal initiatives will help young people, lone mothers, the long term unemployed and sick and disabled people back to work. The HBAI figures also show that a significant number of pensioners remain on persistently low incomes. We believe that the introduction of the minimum income guarantee and our ongoing work on how to get help to the poorest pensioners will address this issue.

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Euro: Redenomination of Share Capital

Baroness Scotland of Asthal asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What steps they are taking to help companies to redenominate share capital to prepare for the euro.[HL3485]

The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Simon of Highbury): I am very keen to play a full part in helping UK business prepare for the euro. The DTI's consultation "The Euro: Redenomination of Share Capital" showed that companies are starting to consider whether to redenominate their share capital as the euro becomes widely-used in Europe. Existing Companies Act 1985 procedures for the reorganisation of share capital are not specifically designed for redenomination of shares, and can place an unnecessary burden on companies in terms of cost, and the requirement for formal court approval to any reduction in share capital.

I propose to seek amendments to the Companies Act 1985 to provide a specific mechanism for companies to use in redenominating their share capital. The new mechanism would permit companies to resolve that references in any document to share capital denominated in one currency would be to the equivalent amount in euro (or another currency). A resolution of each class of shareholders would be required (although a resolution of the board would suffice where the company was redenominating into euro during any transitional period to membership of the single currency).

The new mechanism would also permit companies to adjust the resulting nominal or par values of the shares to a more convenient figure in euro (or other currency), subject to shareholder approval and without the need for court approval. There would be no requirement for companies to issue new share certificates following redenomination.

The second part of my proposal relates to the requirement in Section 118 of the Companies Act 1985 that public companies should have a minimum amount of authorised and issued share capital of £50,000. Currently the Act requires this amount to be denominated in sterling, although companies can and do issue share capital in other currencies, over and above the minimum amount. Companies have told this department that they favour having the flexibility to denominate the whole of their share capital--including the minimum amount--in a foreign currency; and I propose to seek an amendment to the Companies Act 1985 to allow them to do so.

In preparing the new legislation the DTI will issue a further consultation document in the New Year with the detailed proposals for change.

Ministerial Committees of the Cabinet

Lord Graham of Edmonton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    If they will publish an updated list of Ministerial Committees of the Cabinet.[HL3525]

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The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Jay of Paddington): An updated list of the names and membership of the Ministerial Committees which my right honourable friend the Prime Minister has established to date appears below. In addition to the members listed, other members are invited to attend meetings as and when business requires: Ministerial Committee on Economic Affairs (EA) Composition:


    Chancellor of the Exchequer (Chair)


    Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Secretary of State for the Home Department


    Secretary of State for Education and Employment


    President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons


    Minister for the Cabinet Office


    Secretary of State for Scotland


    Secretary of State for Health


    Parliamentary Secretary, Treasury and Chief Whip


    Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport


    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland


    Secretary of State for Wales


    Secretary of State for Social Security


    Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry


    Chief Secretary, Treasury


    Minister of State, Cabinet Office

Other Ministers are invited to attend for items in which they have a departmental interest.

The Chief Scientific Adviser attends for issues relating to science and technology. Terms of Reference:


    "To consider issues relating to the Government's economic policies." Ministerial Sub-Committee on Energy Policy (EA(N)) Composition:


    Chancellor of the Exchequer (Chair)


    Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry


    Paymaster General, Treasury


    Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office


    Minister of State, Cabinet Office


    Minister of State, Scottish Office


    Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office


    Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Welsh Office

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    Terms of Reference:


    "To consider the principles and objectives which should underlie the United Kingdom's energy strategy; and make recommendations for an energy strategy to the Ministerial Committee on Economic Affairs." Ministerial Sub-Committee on Welfare to Work (EA(WW)) Composition:


    Chancellor of the Exchequer (Chair)


    Secretary of State for Education and Employment


    Secretary of State for Scotland


    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland


    Secretary of State for Wales


    Secretary of State for Social Security


    Chief Secretary, Treasury


    Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Paymaster General, Treasury


    Minister of State, Home Office


    Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment


    Minister of State, Cabinet Office

Other Ministers are invited to attend for items in which they have a departmental interest. Terms of Reference:


    "To develop policies to get people from welfare to work and to report as necessary to the Ministerial Committee on Economic Affairs (EA)." Ministerial Committee on Public Services and Public Expenditure (PSX) Composition:


    Chancellor of the Exchequer (Chair)


    Lord Chancellor


    President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons


    Minister for the Cabinet Office


    Parliamentary Secretary, Treasury and Chief Whip


    Leader of the House of Lords and Minister for Women (appointed as Lord Privy Seal)


    Chief Secretary, Treasury


    Minister of State, Cabinet Office

Other Ministers are invited to attend for matters in which they have a departmental interest. Terms of Reference:


    "To monitor progress against public service agreements, to review public expenditure allocations and make recommendations to the Cabinet."

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    Ministerial Committee on the Environment (ENV) Composition:


    Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Chair)


    Chancellor of the Exchequer


    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs


    President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons


    Minister for the Cabinet Office


    Secretary of State for Scotland


    Secretary of State for Health


    Parliamentary Secretary, Treasury and Chief Whip


    Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport


    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland


    Secretary of State for Wales


    Secretary of State for International Development


    Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry


    Chief Secretary, Treasury


    Minister of Transport


    Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

The Secretary of State for Social Security and the Secretary of State for Education and Employment also receive papers. They and other Ministers are invited to attend as necessary.

The Chief Scientific Adviser attends for issues relating to science and technology. Terms of Reference:


    "To consider environmental policies and to co-ordinate those on sustainable development." Ministerial Committee on Local Government (GL) Composition:


    Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Chair)


    Chancellor of the Exchequer


    Lord Chancellor


    Secretary of State for the Home Department


    Secretary of State for Education and Employment


    President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons


    Minister for the Cabinet Office


    Secretary of State for Scotland


    Secretary of State for Health


    Parliamentary Secretary, Treasury and Chief Whip


    Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport


    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland


    Secretary of State for Wales


    Secretary of State for Social Security

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    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry


    Chief Secretary, Treasury


    Minister of Transport


    Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Minister of State, Cabinet Office

Other Ministers are invited to attend for items in which they have departmental interest. Terms of Reference:


    "To consider issues affecting local government, including the annual allocation of resources." Ministerial Sub-Committee on London (GL(L)) Composition:


    Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Chair)


    Paymaster General, Treasury


    Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment


    Minister of State, Cabinet Office


    Minister of State, Department of Health


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office


    Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Culture, Media and Sport


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security Terms of Reference:


    "To co-ordinate the Government's policies on London, and report as necessary to the Ministerial Committee on Local Government (GL) and the Ministerial Committee on Devolution Policy (DP)." Ministerial Committee on Home and Social Affairs (HS) Composition:


    Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Chair)


    Chancellor of the Exchequer


    Lord Chancellor


    Secretary of State for the Home Department


    Secretary of State for Education and Employment

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    President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons


    Minister for the Cabinet Office


    Secretary of State for Scotland


    Secretary of State for Health


    Parliamentary Secretary, Treasury and Chief Whip


    Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport


    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland


    Secretary of State for Wales


    Secretary of State for Social Security


    Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


    Leader of the House of Lords and Minister for Women (appointed as Lord Privy Seal)


    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry


    Chief Secretary, Treasury


    Minister of Transport


    Minister of State, Cabinet Office

The Attorney General, the Lord Advocate and the Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms also receive papers. They and others are invited to attend as necessary. Terms of Reference:


    "To consider issues of home and social policy." Ministerial Sub-Committee on Health Strategy (HS(H)) Composition:


    President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Chair)


    Secretary of State for Health


    Secretary of State for International Development


    Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Minister of State, Department of Health


    Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


    Economic Secretary, Treasury


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Employment


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Welsh Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry

The Chief Medical Officer is in attendance.

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Other Ministers are invited to attend for items in which they have a departmental interest. Terms of Reference:


    "To oversee the development, implementation and monitoring of the Government's health strategy; to co-ordinate the Government's policies on United Kingdom-wide issues affecting health; and to report as necessary to the Ministerial Committee on Home and Social Affairs (HS)." Ministerial Sub-Committee on Drug Misuse (HS(D)) Composition:


    Minister for the Cabinet Office (Chair)


    Secretary of State for International Development


    Solicitor General


    Financial Secretary, Treasury


    Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office


    Minister of State, Ministry of Defence


    Minister of State, Department of Health


    Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Employment


    Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Welsh Office

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions also receives papers and may be invited to attend as appropriate. Terms of Reference:


    "To co-ordinate the Government's national and international policies for tackling drugs misuse, and report as necessary to the Ministerial Committee on Home and Social Affairs (HS)." Ministerial Sub-Committee on Women's Issues (HS(W)) Composition:


    Leader of the House of Lords and Minister for Women (appointed as Lord Privy Seal) (Chair)


    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland


    Secretary of State for International Development


    Minister of State, Scottish Office


    Minister of State, Department of Health


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Economic Secretary, Treasury


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office

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    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Employment


    Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Welsh Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry Terms of Reference:


    "To review and develop the Government's policy and strategy on issues of special concern to women; to oversee their implementation; and to report as necessary to the Ministerial Committee on Home and Social Affairs (HS)." Ministerial Committee on The Queen's Speeches and Future Legislation (QFL) Composition:


    President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Chair)


    Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Lord Chancellor


    Minister for the Cabinet Office


    Parliamentary Secretary, Treasury and Chief Whip


    Leader of the House of Lords and Minister for Women (appointed as Lord Privy Seal)


    Chief Secretary, Treasury


    Attorney General


    Lord Advocate


    Minister of State, Cabinet Office


    Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs is invited to attend for discussions of The Queen's Speeches. Terms of Reference:


    "To prepare and submit to the Cabinet drafts of The Queen's Speeches to Parliament and proposals for the Government's legislative programme." Ministerial Committee on Legislation (LEG) Composition:


    President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Chair)


    Lord Chancellor


    Secretary of State for Scotland


    Parliamentary Secretary, Treasury and Chief Whip


    Secretary of State for Wales


    Leader of the House of Lords and Minister for Women (appointed as Lord Privy Seal)


    Attorney General


    Lord Advocate


    Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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    Minister of State, Home Office


    Financial Secretary, Treasury


    Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office


    Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland also receives papers and is invited to attend as necessary. Terms of Reference: "To examine all draft Bills; to consider the parliamentary handling of Government Bills, European Community documents and Private Members' business, and such other related matters as may be necessary; and to keep under review the Government's policy in relation to issues of Parliamentary procedures." Ministerial Committee on Constitutional Reform Policy (CRP) Composition:


    Prime Minister (Chair)


    Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Chancellor of the Exchequer


    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs


    Lord Chancellor


    Secretary of State for the Home Department


    President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons


    Minister for the Cabinet Office


    Secretary of State for Scotland


    Parliamentary Secretary, Treasury and Chief Whip


    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland


    Secretary of State for Wales


    Leader of the House of Lords and Minister for Women (appointed as Lord Privy Seal)

Other Ministers may be invited to attend as necessary. Terms of Reference:


    "To consider strategic issues relating to the Government's constitutional reform policies". Ministerial Sub-Committee on Incorporation of the European Convention of Human Rights (CRP(EC)) Composition:


    Lord Chancellor (Chair)


    Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs


    Secretary of State for the Home Department


    Secretary of State for Education and Employment


    President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons


    Secretary of State for Scotland


    Secretary of State for Defence


    Secretary of State for Health

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    Parliamentary Secretary, Treasury and Chief Whip


    Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport


    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland


    Secretary of State for Wales


    Secretary of State for Social Security


    Leader of the House of Lords and Minister for Women (appointed as Lord Privy Seal)


    Chief Secretary, Treasury


    Attorney General


    Lord Advocate

Other Ministers are invited to attend for items in which they have a departmental interest. The Minister of State, Cabinet Office receives papers. Terms of Reference:


    "To consider policy and other issues arising from the Government's decision to legislate for the incorporation of ECHR in UK law and to promote and oversee progress of the relevant legislation through Parliament and its subsequent implementation, reporting as necessary to the Ministerial Committee on Constitutional Reform Policy." Ministerial Sub-Committee on Freedom of Information (CRP(FOI)) Composition:


    Lord Chancellor (Chair)


    Chancellor of the Exchequer


    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs


    Secretary of State for the Home Department


    Secretary of State for Education and Employment


    President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons


    Minister for the Cabinet Office


    Secretary of State for Scotland


    Secretary of State for Defence


    Secretary of State for Health


    Paliamentary Secretary, Treasury and Chief Whip


    Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport


    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland


    Secretary of State for Wales


    Secretary of State for International Development


    Secretary of State for Social Security


    Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


    Leader of the House of Lords and Minister for Women (appointed as Lord Privy Seal)


    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry


    Attorney General


    Lord Advocate


    Minister of Transport


    Minister of State, Cabinet Office

Other Ministers are invited to attend for items in which they have a departmental interest.

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Terms of Reference:


    "To consider policy and other issues arising from the Government's decision to legislate on freedom of information; to promote and oversee progress of the relevant legislation through Parliament and its subsequent implementation; and to report as necessary to the Ministerial Committee on Constitutional Reform Policy." Ministerial Sub-Committee on House of Lords Reform (CRP(HL)) Composition:


    Lord Chancellor (Chair)


    Secretary of State for the Home Department


    President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons


    Minister for the Cabinet Office


    Parliamentary Secretary, Treasury and Chief Whip


    Leader of the House of Lords and Minister for Women (appointed as Lord Privy Seal)


    Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms


    Minister of State, Cabinet Office

Other Ministers are invited to attend as necessary. Terms of Reference:


    "to consider policy and other issues arising from the Government's plans for reform of the House of Lords and to make recommendations to the Ministerial Committee on Constitutional Reform Policy." Ministerial Committee on Devolution Policy (DP) Composition:


    Lord Chancellor (Chair)


    Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs


    Secretary of State for the Home Department


    Secretary of State for Education and Employment


    President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons


    Secretary of State for Scotland


    Secretary of State for Health


    Parliamentary Secretary, Treasury and Chief Whip


    Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport


    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland


    Secretary of State for Wales


    Secretary of State for Social Security


    Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


    Leader of the House of Lords and Minister for Women (appointed as Lord Privy Seal)


    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry


    Chief Secretary, Treasury


    Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms

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    Attorney General


    Lord Advocate


    Minister of State, Cabinet Office

Other Ministers are invited for items in which they have departmental interest. Terms of Reference:


    "To consider policy and other issues arising from the Government's policies for devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the regions of England and to promote and oversee progress of the relevant legislation through Parliament and its subsequent implementation." Joint Consultative Committee with the Liberal Democratic Party (JCC) Composition:


    The Committee will be chaired by the Prime Minister. Other Ministers and Liberal Democratic spokesmen will be invited to attend as necessary. Terms of Reference:


    "To consider policy issues of joint interest to the Government and the Liberal Democratic Party." Ministerial Committee on Defence and Overseas Policy (DOP) Composition:


    Prime Minister (Chair)


    Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Chancellor of the Exchequer


    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs


    Secretary of State for Defence


    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

The Chief of the Defence Staff attends as required, as do the Chiefs of Staff when necessary. Others are invited to attend as necessary. Terms of Reference:


    "To keep under review the Government's defence and overseas policy." Ministerial Sub-Committee on European Issues ((E)DOP) Composition:


    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Chair)


    Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Chancellor of the Exchequer


    Secretary of State for the Home Department


    Secretary of State for Education and Employment


    President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons


    Minister for the Cabinet Office


    Secretary of State for Scotland

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    Secretary of State for Defence


    Parliamentary Secretary, Treasury and Chief Whip


    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland


    Secretary of State for Wales


    Secretary of State for International Development


    Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry


    Attorney General


    Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office


    Minister for Trade and Competitiveness in Europe

The Minister of State, Cabinet Office receives papers.

Other Ministers are invited to attend as the nature of the business requires.

The United Kingdom's Permanent Representative to the European Union is also in attendance. Terms of Reference:


    "To consider questions relating to the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union and to report as necessary to the Ministerial Committee on Defence and Overseas Policy (DOP)." Ministerial Committee on Northern Ireland (IN)

Composition:


    Prime Minister (Chair)


    Chancellor of the Exchequer


    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs


    Secretary of State for the Home Department


    Secretary of State for Defence


    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Terms of Reference:


    "To oversee the Government's policy on Northern Ireland issues and relations with the Republic of Ireland on these matters." Ministerial Committee on the Intelligence Services (CSI) Composition:


    Prime Minister (Chair)


    Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Chancellor of the Exchequer


    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs


    Secretary of State for the Home Department


    Secretary of State for Defence Terms of Reference:


    "To keep under review policy on the security and intelligence services."

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    Ministerial Group on Food Safety (MISC 1) Composition:


    President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Chair)


    Secretary of State for Education and Employment


    Minister for the Cabinet Office


    Secretary of State for Scotland


    Secretary of State for Health


    Secretary of State for Northern Ireland


    Secretary of State for Wales


    Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


    Chief Secretary, Treasury


    Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry

The Parliamentary Secretary, Treasury and Chief Whip will also receive papers and may attend as necessary. Terms of Reference:


    "To co-ordinate Departmental consideration of issues arising from the establishment of a Food Standards Agency and other aspects of food safety, and to make recommendations to the Ministerial Committee on Home and Social Affairs." Ministerial Group on Crime Reduction and Youth Justice (MISC 2) Composition:


    Secretary of State for the Home Department (Chair)


    Leader of the House of Lords and Minister for Women (appointed as Lord Privy Seal)


    Chief Secretary, Treasury


    Solicitor General


    Minister of State, Home Office


    Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department


    Minister of State, Cabinet Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Employment


    Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Welsh Office

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland also receives papers, and may attend or be represented as necessary.

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Terms of Reference:


    "To oversee the Government's programme to reduce crime and the reform of youth justice and to make recommendations to the Ministerial Committee on Home and Social Affairs." Ministerial Group on Utility Regulation (MISC 3) Composition:


    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Chair)


    Minister of Transport


    Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Paymaster General, Treasury


    Minister of State, Scottish Office


    Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office


    Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry


    Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

Other Ministers are invited to attend for items in which they have a departmental interest. Terms of Reference:


    "To oversee an inter-departmental review of regulation of the utility industries, to consider issues arising from the review and to report to the Ministerial Committee on Economic Affairs (EA)." Ministerial Group on the Millennium Date Change (MISC 4) Composition:


    President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Chair)


    Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Paymaster General, Treasury


    Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office


    Minister of State, Home Office


    Minister of State, Scottish Office


    Minister of State, Ministry of Defence


    Minister of State, Department of Health


    Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Employment


    Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Welsh Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry

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Other Ministers are invited to attend for items in which they have a departmental interest.

The Chairman of Action 2000 and the Prime Minister's Adviser on the Year 2000 problem are invited to attend. Terms of Reference:


    "To drive action in the public and private sector, including the national infrastructure, to prevent damage from the failure of electronic systems related to the Year 2000 date change." Ministerial Group on the Restructuring of the European Aerospace and Defence Industry (MISC 5) Composition:


    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Chair)


    Secretary of State for Defence


    Paymaster General


    Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office


    Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry Terms of Reference:


    "To develop Government policy and co-ordinate related activity in promoting the restructuring of the European aerospace and defence industry." Ministerial Group on Biotechnology and Genetic Modification (MISC 6) Composition:


    Minister for the Cabinet Office (Chair)


    Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Financial Secretary, Treasury


    Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office


    Minister of State, Home Office


    Minister of State, Cabinet Office


    Minister of State, Department of Health


    Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


    Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry


    Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry

The Chief Scientific Adviser also attends. Terms of Reference:


    "To consider issues relating to biotechnology, in particular those arising from genetic modification." Ministerial Group on Better Government (MISC 7) Composition:


    Minister for the Cabinet Office (Chair)


    Secretary of State for the Home Department


    Secretary of State for Education and Employment

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    Secretary of State for Health


    Secretary of State for Social Security


    Secretary of State for Trade and Industry


    Chief Secretary, Treasury


    Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions


    Minister of State, Lord Chancellor's Department


    Minister of State, Scottish Office


    Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office


    Minister of State, Cabinet Office


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport


    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Welsh Office Terms of Reference:


    "To develop the Government's programme for improving the quality, coherence and responsiveness of public services and to oversee its implementation."


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