Select Committee on Constitution Second Report


Appendix 4

Committee visits

During the course of this inquiry, the Committee travelled to Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast to take oral evidence. Transcripts of the public meetings are printed in the volume of evidence (HL Paper 147, Session 2001-02): this is published by The Stationery Office; it is also available on the parliamentary web-site at www.parliament.uk

The Members of the Committee would like to thank all those who gave public evidence to the Committee, as well as those who took the time to meet the Committee in private. They would also like to thank the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and the Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales, for hosting the Committee during their visit.

EDINBURGH, 14-17 MAY 2002

Visiting Party: Lord Acton; Baroness Gould of Potternewton; Lord Holme of Cheltenham; Baroness Howells of St Davids; Lord Jauncey of Tullichettle; Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market; Earl of Mar and Kellie; Lord Morgan; Lord Norton of Louth (Chairman); and Mr Alan Trench (Specialist Adviser).

Wednesday 15 May 2002

Public Meetings — Oral Evidence

Professor David McCrone, Professor of Sociology and Co-director, Institute for Governance, University of Edinburgh

Mr Jim Walker, President, and Miss Sarah Bradburn, Head of Policy, National Farmers Union Scotland

Ms Patricia Ferguson, MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business, Scottish Executive

Mr Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development, Scottish Executive

Sir Muir Russell KCB FRSE, Permanent Secretary; Mr Robert Gordon, Chief Executive, Crown Office and Head of Legal and Parliamentary Services; and Mr Colin Miller, Head of Constitutional Policy Unit, Scottish Executive

Private Meetings

Mr David McLetchie MSP, Leader of the Conservative MSPs

Mr John Swinney MSP, Leader of the Scottish National Party MSPs; and Miss Fiona Hyslop MSP, Shadow Minister for Parliamentary Business

Thursday 16 May 2002

Public Meetings — Oral Evidence

Professor David Heald, Professor of Accountancy, University of Aberdeen; and Professor David Bell, Professor of Economics, University of Stirling

Mr Andy Kerr MSP, Minister for Finance; and Mr David Palmer, Scottish Budget Team Leader, Scottish Executive

The Rt Hon. Jim Wallace QC MSP, Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice, Scottish Executive

Private Meetings

The Rt Hon. Jack McConnell MSP, First Minister, Scottish Executive

Professor Alice Brown, Professor of Politics, University of Edinburgh; Professor James Mitchell, Head of Government, Department of Government, University of Strathclyde; and Mr Peter Jones, Scotland Correspondent, The Economist

Friday 17 May 2002

Public Meetings — Oral Evidence

Mr Richard Parry, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Edinburgh

Professor Alan Page, Professor of Public Law, University of Dundee

The Rt Hon. the Lord Steel of Aikwood KBE PC DL MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament; and Mr Paul Grice, Clerk of the Scottish Parliament


CARDIFF, 27-28 MAY 2002

Visiting Party: Lord Acton; Baroness Gould of Potternewton; Baroness Howells of St Davids; Lord Lang of Monkton; Earl of Mar and Kellie; Lord Morgan; Lord Norton of Louth (Chairman); and Mr Alan Trench (Specialist Adviser).

Monday 27 May 2002

Public Meetings — Oral Evidence

Mr John Osmond, Director, Institute of Welsh Affairs

The Rt Hon. Rhodri Morgan AM, First Minister; and Mrs Jenny Randerson AM, Acting Deputy First Minister, National Assembly for Wales

Ms Edwina Hart MBE AM, Minister for Finance, Local Government and Communities, National Assembly for Wales

The Lord Elis-Thomas AM, Presiding Officer; Dr John Marek AM, Deputy Presiding Officer, National Assembly for Wales; and Mr Paul Silk, Clerk of the National Assembly for Wales

Private Meetings

Professor Nicholas Bourne AM, Leader of the Conservative AMs

Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones AM, leader of the Plaid Cymru AMs

Tuesday 28 May 2002

Public Meetings — Oral Evidence

Mr Carwyn Jones AM, Minister for Rural Affairs; and Mr Huw Brodie, Director of Agriculture, National Assembly for Wales

Mr Jon Shortridge, Permanent Secretary; and Mr Winston Roddick QC, Counsel-General, National Assembly for Wales

Professor Keith Patchett, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Wales

BELFAST, 10 JUNE 2002

Visiting Party: Lord Holme of Cheltenham; Lord Jauncey of Tullichettle; Earl of Mar and Kellie; Lord Norton of Louth (Chairman); and Mr Alan Trench (Specialist Adviser)

Monday 10 June 2002

Public Meetings — Oral Evidence

Professor Paul Bew, Professor of Irish Politics, Queen's University, Belfast

The Rt Hon. David Trimble MP MLA, First Minister; and Mr Mark Durkan MLA, Deputy First Minister, Northern Ireland Executive

Dr Andrew McCormick, Second Permanent Secretary; and Mr Victor Hewitt, Head of Strategic Policy Division and Chief Economist, Department of Finance and Personnel, Northern Ireland Executive

Mr Peter Small CB, Permanent Secretary; and Mr Patrick Toal, Deputy Secretary and Principal Finance Officer, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland Executive

Mr Gerry Loughran, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service; Mr Denis McCartney, Senior Legal Adviser; and Ms Linda Devlin, Head of the Machinery of Government Division, Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, Northern Ireland Executive

The Lord Alderdice FRCPI FRCPsych MLA, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly; Mr Arthur Moir, Clerk; and Mr Joe Reynolds, Deputy Clerk, Northern Ireland Assembly


 
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