Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minutes of Proceedings Report


Members present:

Mr David Curry, in the Chair

Mr Colin BreedDavid Taylor
Diana OrganDavid Lepper
Mr David DrewPaddy Tipping
Mr Keith SimpsonMr Austin Mitchell
Mr Michael JackMr Mark Todd

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That any Sub-committee appointed by the Committee shall be discharged following the last occasion on which it takes oral evidence, unless otherwise ordered by the Committee.

Resolved, That unless the Committee otherwise orders the programme of forthcoming Sub-committees shall be decided by the Member agreed by the Committee as the Chairman of the Sub-committee.

Resolved, That the following guidelines shall apply to the activities of the Committee:

(1) Deliberation about Heads of Report and about the Sub-committee Chairman's draft Report shall be conducted informally — but, at least for the consideration of the Sub-committee Chairman's draft Report, deliberation will take place at an informal meeting of the members of the Sub-committee to be called by the Chairman of the Sub-committee — and members of the Sub-committee will be asked to submit amendments in the usual way;

(2) The Report of the Sub-committee, as agreed at the informal meeting, will be presented to the main Committee by the Chairman of the Sub-committee in his or her own name;

(3) If members of the Sub-committee wish formally to record their opposition to the Report, or formally to seek to make amendments to it, they may do so by calling a vote on the Question "That the Report be the Report of the Committee", or by proposing amendments to paragraphs of the report, during consideration of the Sub-committee's report in the main Committee;

(4) The nominated Chairman of a Sub-committee, advised by the Clerk, shall determine a draft timetable of sessions of oral evidence and visits (if appropriate), and will consult the other proposed members of the Sub-committee about his or her proposal;

(5) If a Sub-committee wishes to have its report agreed to quickly by the main Committee (ie. in the same week as it decides on its draft), the Sub-committee Chairman's draft report shall be circulated to all of the Members of the Committee at the same time as it is circulated to Members of the Sub-committee; and

(6) If the (informal) meeting of the Sub-committee agrees its Report with amendments it should if possible circulate a revised Report prior to the meeting of the main Committee — but if this is not possible, the Chairman of the Sub-committee will draw attention to any significant amendments made when presenting his Report to the main Committee.

Ordered, That the Chairman do visit Tallinn in September to attend the Congress of European Agriculture in a representative capacity.—(The Chairman.)

Departmental Annual Report 2002: Mr Brian Bender CB, Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, was further examined and Mrs Julie Flint, Business Improvement, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, was examined.

  [Adjourned till Wednesday 26 June at Ten o'clock.

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