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Tuesday 2 December 2003

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Mr James Clappison
Mrs Janet Dean
Bob Russell
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill.—(The Chairman.)

Resolved, That the Committee do seek a meeting with the Director General of the Security Service.—(David Winnick.)

Rehabilitation of Prisoners: Phil Wheatley, Director General, and Peter Wrench, Director of Resettlement, HM Prison Service, Eithne Wallis, Director General, National Probation Service and Brian Caton, General Secretary, Prison Officers' Association, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 4 December at half-past Nine o'clock.

Thursday 4 December 2003

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Janet Anderson
Mr James Clappison
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Mr John Taylor

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 9 December at half-past Nine o'clock.

Tuesday 9 December 2003

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Mr James Clappison
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Marsha Singh
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That written evidence be sought from the Home Office on the Winter Supplementary Estimates.—(The Chairman.)

Draft Report [Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the First Report from the Home Affairs Committee, Session 2003–04 (HC 109, p. 29).)

[Adjourned till Thursday 11 December at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Thursday 11 December 2003

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Janet Anderson
Mr James Clappison
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Marsha Singh
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Identity Cards: Nicola Roche, Director, Children, Families, Entitlement Cards & Coroners, Katherine Courtney, Director, Identity Cards Programme, and Stephen Harrison, Head, Identity Card Policy Unit, Home Office, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 16 December at half-past Nine o'clock.

Tuesday 16 December 2003

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Mr James Clappison
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Mr Marsha Singh
Mr John Taylor
Miss Ann Widdecombe
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 6 January 2004 at half-past Nine o'clock.

Tuesday 6 January 2004

[MORNING SITTING]

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Janet Anderson
Mr James Clappison
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr John Taylor
Miss Ann Widdecombe
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till this day at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 6 January 2004

[AFTERNOON SITTING]

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Janet Anderson
Mr James Clappison
Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr John Taylor
Miss Ann Widdecombe
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 13 January at half-past Nine o'clock.

Tuesday 13 January 2004

[MORNING SITTING]

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Janet Anderson
Mr James Clappison
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell   
Mr John Taylor
Miss Ann Widdecombe
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [Asylum Applications], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Second Report from the Home Affairs Committee, Session 2003–04 (HC 218–I, pp. 119–28).)

[Adjourned till this day at half-past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 13 January 2004

[AFTERNOON SITTING]

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Mr James Clappison
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr John Taylor
Miss Ann Widdecombe
David Winnick

Consideration of the Chairman's draft Report [Asylum Applications] resumed.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Second Report from the Home Affairs Committee, Session 2003–04 (HC 218–I, p. 129).)

[Adjourned till Tuesday 27 January at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 27 January 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Claire Curtis Thomas
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

The Work of the Criminal Cases Review Commission: Professor Graham Zellick, Chairman, Mr David Kyle, Commission Member, Mr John Weeden, Commission Member, and Ms Jacky Courtney, Chief Executive, Criminal Cases Review Commission, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 3 February at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 3 February 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Mr David Cameron
Mr James Clappison
Claire Curtis Thomas
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

Mr David Cameron disclosed his interests pursuant to the resolution of the House of 13 July 1992. For details of declarations see Annex, p. 22.

The Committee deliberated.

Identity Cards: Shami Chakrabarti, Director, Liberty, Simon Davies, Director, Privacy International, and Vicky Chapman, Head of Law Reform, the Law Society, and Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner, and Jonathan Bamford, Assistant Information Commissioner, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 10 February at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 10 February 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Janet Anderson
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [The Work of the Home Affairs Committee in 2003], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Third Report from the Home Affairs Committee, Session 2003–04 (HC 345, p. 9).)

The Committee further deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee should take oral evidence from HM Government on the Impact of EU Enlargement on Migration to the UK.—(The Chairman.)

Identity Cards: Martin Hall, Director-General, the Finance and Leasing Association, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, the Local Government Association, and Jan Berry, Chairman, the Police Federation, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 24 February at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 24 February 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Mr David Cameron
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Identity Cards: Nick Kalisperas, Senior Programme Manager, Intellect, Geoff Llewellyn, member of Intellect ID Card Working Group, Professor Ross Anderson, Foundation for Information Policy Research and Professor Martyn Thomas, UK Computing Research Committee, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 2 March at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 2 March 2004

[The Committee met concurrently with the Defence Committee.]

Members present:

Janet Anderson
Mr David Cameron
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Mr Marsha Singh
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

The following members of the Defence Committee were also present, pursuant to Standing Order. No. 137A (Select committees: power to work with other committees): Mr Crispin Blunt, Mr Bruce George, Rachel Squire and Mr Peter Viggers.

Mr Bruce George was called to the Chair, pursuant to Standing Order No. 137A (1)(d).

The Committees deliberated, pursuant to Standing Order No. 137A (1)(b).

Homeland Security: Rt Hon David Blunkett, a Member of the House, Secretary of State for the Home Department, Mr Robert Whalley, Director of Counter-Terrorism, Home Office, Sir David Omand, KCB, Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator and Permanent Secretary, and Ms Cheryl Plumridge, Director Capabilities, Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 9 March at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 9 March 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Mr David Cameron
Mr James Clappison
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr Marsha Singh
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Impact of EU Enlargement on Migration to the UK: Rt Hon Beverley Hughes, a Member of the House, Minister of State, Home Office, Mr Denis MacShane, a Member of the House, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lorraine Rogerson, Director, Immigration and Nationality Policy Directorate, Home Office, and Mr Steven Hewitt, Department for Work and Pensions, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 16 March at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 16 March 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Mr James Clappison
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr Marsha Singh
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That Professor Brian Collins and Professor Angela Sasse be appointed Specialist Advisers to assist the Committee in its inquiry into identity cards.—(The Chairman.)

The Committee further deliberated.

Rehabilitation of Prisoners: Michael Spurr, Director of Operations, Peter Wrench, Director of Resettlement and Simon Boddis, Head of Regime Services, HM Prison Service; Sir John Parker, Chairman, National Grid Transco and Dr Mary Harris, Director, National Grid Transco Foundation; and Samantha Sherratt, Real Work Project Director, Howard League for Penal Reform, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 23 March at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 23 March 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Mr James Clappison
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Mr Marsha Singh
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That written evidence be sought from the Home Office on the Spring Supplementary Estimates.—(The Chairman.)

Resolved, That the Committee should seek to visit HM Prison Belmarsh to investigate the conditions in which detainees under anti-terrorism legislation were being held.—(The Chairman.)

[Adjourned till Tuesday 20 April at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 20 April 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Mr James Clappison
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr Marsha Singh
Mr John Taylor

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That written evidence be sought from the Home Office on the Home Office Resource Accounts 2002–03.—(The Chairman.)

Identity Cards: John Harrison, Director, Edentity, Andy Jebson, Director, Cubic Transportation Systems, Richard Haddock, Chief Executive Officer, LaserCard Systems Corporation and Neil Fisher, Director of Security Solutions, QinetiQ, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 27 April at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 27 April 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Janet Anderson
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr Marsha Singh
Mr John Taylor

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into the Government's draft Identity Cards Bill.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That the Home Office be informed of the Committee's view that the Government's proposed revisions to the Police and Criminal Evidence Codes should be subject to affirmative procedure.—(The Chairman.)

Identity Cards: Len Cook, Registrar General for England and Wales, Denis Roberts, Director for Registration Services, General Register Office, Office for National Statistics, and the Rt Hon Charles Clarke, a Member of the House, Secretary of State for Education and Skills, the Rt Hon John Hutton, a Member of the House, Minister of State, Department of Health and Mr Chris Pond, a Member of the House, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 4 May at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 4 May 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Janet Anderson
Mr David Cameron
Mr James Clappison
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr Marsha Singh
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into the Home Office Departmental Annual Report 2004 and Home Office Target Setting.—(The Chairman.)

Identity Cards: Rt Hon David Blunkett, a Member of the House, Secretary of State for the Home Department, Mr Desmond Browne, a Member of the House, Minister of State for Citizenship and Immigration, Katherine Courtney, Director, Identity Cards Programme, and Stephen Harrison, Head, Identity Card Policy Unit, Home Office, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 18 May at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 18 May 2004

Members present:

Mr David Cameron
Mr James Clappison
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mr John Denham
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr Marsha Singh
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

In the absence of the Chairman, David Winnick was called to the Chair.

The Committee deliberated.

Mr John Denham took the Chair.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 25 May at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 25 May 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Mr James Clappison
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr Marsha Singh
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do take oral evidence on anti-terrorism powers.—(The Chairman.)

Rehabilitation of Prisoners: Mike Newell, President, and Charles Bushell, General Secretary, of the Prison Governors Association, and Paul Goggins, a Member of the House, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Correctional Services and Reducing Re-offending, and Martin Narey, Chief Executive, National Offender Management Service, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 8 June at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 8 June 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Mr James Clappison
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Identity Cards Bill: Roger Smith, Director, JUSTICE, Vicki Chapman, Head of Law Reform and Legal Policy, Law Society, Shami Chakrabarti, Director, Liberty, Simon Davies, Director, Privacy International, and Richard Thomas, Information Commissioner, and Jonathan Bamford, Assistant Commissioner, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 15 June at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 15 June 2004

Members present:

Janet Anderson
Mr James Clappison
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr Marsha Singh
David Winnick

In the absence of the Chairman, David Winnick was called to the Chair.

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Identity Cards Bill: Dr Chris Pounder, Editor, Data Protection and Privacy Practice and Claire McNab, Vice President, Press for Change, and Dr John Chisholm, CBE, Chairman, General Practitioners Committee and Dr Vivienne Nathanson, Director of Professional Activities, the British Medical Association and Trevor Phillips, OBE, Chair, the Commission for Racial Equality, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 22 June at Two o'clock at HM Prison Belmarsh.

Tuesday 22 June 2004

[The Committee met at HM Prison Belmarsh.]

Members present:

Mr James Clappison
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Mr Marsha Singh
David Winnick

In the absence of the Chairman, David Winnick was called to the Chair.

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Thursday 1 July at a quarter to Three o'clock.

Thursday 1 July 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Janet Anderson
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into Police Reform.—(The Chairman.)

Sentencing Guidelines: Rt Hon Lord Woolf, a Member of the House of Lords, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and Chairman of the Sentencing Guidelines Council, and Kevin McCormac, Sentencing Guidelines Council secretariat, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 6 July at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 6 July 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Janet Anderson
Mr James Clappison
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr Marsha Singh
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Thursday 8 July at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Thursday 8 July 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Anti-Terrorism Powers: Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality; Sir John Quinton, Member, and Tim Rees, Head of Community Engagement, Metropolitan Police Authority, and Sadiq Khan, Chair, and Khalid Sofi, Secretary, Legal Affairs Committee, Muslim Council of Great Britain, and Michael Todd, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester, and Lord Newton of Braintree, a Member of the House of Lords, Chair of the Privy Counsellors Review Committee, Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 13 July at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 13 July 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Janet Anderson
Mr James Clappison
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr Marsha Singh
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into Anti-Social Behaviour.—(The Chairman.)

Draft Report [Identity Cards], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Fourth Report from the Home Affairs Committee, Session 2003–04 (HC 130-I, pp. 85–93).)

[Adjourned till Tuesday 20 July at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 20 July 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Mr James Clappison
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Mr Marsha Singh
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Consideration of the Chairman's draft Report [Identity Cards] resumed.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Fourth Report from the Home Affairs Committee, Session 2003–04 (HC 130-I, pp. 93-94).)

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into Terrorism and Community Relations.—(The Chairman.)

The Committee further deliberated.

Home Office Annual Scrutiny: John Gieve, CB, Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Home Office, Martin Narey, Chief Executive, National Offender Management Service, William Nye, Director, Performance and Finance Directorate, Home Office, and Bill Jeffrey, Director General, Immigration and Nationality Directorate, Home Office, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 8 September at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Wednesday 8 September 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Janet Anderson
Mr James Clappison
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr Marsha Singh
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That the Chairman do visit Brussels on 21 September to attend a meeting of the European Parliament's Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs in a representative capacity.—(The Chairman.)

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into Draft Sentencing Guidelines 1 and 2.—(The Chairman.)

Police Reform: Chris Fox, President, and Guy Gardener, Head of Policy, Association of Chief Police Officers, Timothy Brain, Chairman, Chief Police Officers' Staff Association, Jan Berry, Chairman, and Clint Elliott, General Secretary, Police Federation and Rick Naylor, President, Police Superintendents' Association, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 9 September at half-past Nine o'clock.

Thursday 9 September 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Mr James Clappison
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 14 September at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 14 September 2004

Members present:

Mr James Clappison
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr John Denham
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

In the absence of the Chairman, David Winnick was called to the Chair.

The Committee deliberated.

Police Reform: Baroness Henig of Lancaster, a Member of the House of Lords, Chairman, Lord Harris of Haringey, a Member of the House of Lords, Member of Executive, and Fionnuala Gill, Executive Director, Association of Police Authorities, and Sir Ian Blair, QPM, Deputy Commissioner, and Gary Pugh, Director for IT and Forensic Services, Metropolitan Police Service, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 12 October at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 12 October 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Mr James Clappison
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Damian Green
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr Marsha Singh
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

Mr Damian Green disclosed his interests pursuant to the resolution of the House of 13 July 1992. For details of declarations see Annex, p. 22.

The Committee deliberated.

Police Reform: Sir Keith Povey QPM, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, and Paul Evans, Director, Police Standards Unit, Home Office, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 19 October at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 19 October 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Janet Anderson
Mr James Clappison
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Damian Green
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Mr Marsha Singh
Mr John Taylor

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 26 October at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 26 October 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Mr James Clappison
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Damian Green
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr Marsha Singh
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Police Reform: Ms Hazel Blears, a Member of the House, Minister of State, and Stephen Rimmer, Director of Policing Policy, Home Office, were examined.

The Committee further deliberated.

Draft Report [Draft Sentencing Guidelines 1 and 2], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Fifth Report from the Home Affairs Committee, Session 2003–04 (HC 1207, p. 31).)

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 2 November at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 2 November 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Janet Anderson
Mr James Clappison
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Damian Green
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Bob Russell
Mr Marsha Singh
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

The Work of the Home Office: Rt Hon David Blunkett, a Member of the House, Secretary of State for the Home Department, Desmond Browne, a Member of the House, Minister of State, and Mr John Gieve, CB, Permanent Secretary, Home Office, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 9 November at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 9 November 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Janet Anderson
Mr James Clappison
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mrs Janet Dean
Bob Russell
Mr Marsha Singh
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do host a Conference of Justice and Home Affairs Committees of the Parliaments of the Member States and Candidates of the European Union on 24 November 2005.—(The Chairman.)

Terrorism and Community Relations: Ben Ward, Counsel, Human Rights Watch, Les Levidow, Campaign against Criminalising Communities, Gerry Gable, Publisher, Searchlight, and Paul Donovan were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 16 November at a quarter past Two o'clock.

Tuesday 16 November 2004

Members present:

Mr John Denham, in the Chair

Mr James Clappison
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Damian Green
Mr Gwyn Prosser
Mr Marsha Singh
Mr John Taylor
David Winnick

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit France and the Netherlands in connection with its inquiries into terrorism and community relations and anti-social behaviour.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That the Chairman do seek the approval of the Liaison Committee for expenditure in connection with the said visit.

Terrorism and Community Relations: Henry Grunwald QC, President, and Michael Whine, Defence Director, Board of Deputies of British Jews, Sadiq Khan, Chair, and Khalid Sofi, Secretary, Legal Affairs Committee, Muslim Council of Britain, and Jagdeesh Singh, Sikh Community Action Network, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 25 November at half-past Nine o'clock.

Annex

DECLARATION OF MEMBERS' INTERESTS

3 February 2004

Mr David Cameron made the following declaration of interests:

1. Remunerated directorships

Urbium PLC (non-executive); bar and night clubs business

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Consultant to Carlton Communications PLC, providing advice on press and investor issues. (20,001–25,000)

Fortnightly column for Guardian Unlimited. (Up to 5,000)

3. Overseas visits

7–9 September 2003, to Macedonia. Hotel for three nights and ticket for England/Macedonia football match paid by Orka Holdings. (Registered 8 September 2003)

4. Miscellaneous and unremunerated interests

Member of Advisory Board of Investis; an on-line investor relations company (unpaid).

12 October 2004

Mr Damian Green made the following declaration of interests:

5. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Fee for writing a paper for the European Media Forum, as part of a project on the Review of Public Service Broadcasting. (Registered 12 July 2004)

6. Overseas visits

20–22 May 2004, to Portugal, to address the Annual Convention of the Road Haulage Association. Travel and accommodation for my wife and me were provided by the Road Haulage Association. (Registered 26 August 2004)

 
 
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