Letter from Lord Peston requesting additional
resources for the Economic Affairs Committee
I am writing to you about the resource requirements
of the Economic Affairs Committee's subcommittee to which their
Lordships gave the task of scrutinising the Finance Bill. When
its first report was debated, I indicated to the House that on
the basis of this year's experience in future we would do the
job in a more systematic and less pressurised way. The subcommittee
would be set up immediately after the gracious speech, meeting
in parallel to the main committee as it did last time. It would
take a first tranche of evidence from witnesses in the period
from then up to the budget itself. The witnesses themselves told
us that would add to the usefulness of their contributions. This
met with general approval from those present at the debate
and from others of their Lordships who take an interest in financial
and economic matters.
To carry out its task the sub-committee needs a clerk
of its own, special advisers, and some secretarial experience.
In essence the purpose of this letter is to ask the liaison committee
to make available the required resources.
30 October 2003