1. The Liaison Committee has asked all departmental
select committees to report annually on their activities, and
in particular on progress on past recommendations.
As this is the first such Report from this Committee, we have
decided to report, in general terms, on the work of the Committee
for the whole of the current Parliament, as well as giving more
detail on the current session's activities. The Liaison Committee's
intentions were to monitor how well the Executive was responding
to Parliament's committees. We also intend to continue to monitor
our own performance.
2. In 1998, we established a Sub-committee to examine
in turn the various departments and agencies for which the Chancellor
of the Exchequer is responsible. Since then, the Sub-committee
has succeeded in examining nearly all of the bodies concerned,
and its Report appears below (paragraphs 31 to 64).