Purpose and structure of this
2. The concept of annual reports by select committees
originated with a Report by the Liaison Committee published in
March 2000 which advocated a more systematic approach by select
committees to critical examination of their own work and its impact.
The Treasury Committee in the 1997-2001 Parliament reported on
its work in December 2000, surveying activities of the Committee
and its Sub-Committee during the Parliament which began in 1997
to that point. The Treasury
Committee in the 2001-05 Parliament reported on its work in the
early months following its establishment in a memorandum to the
Liaison Committee. Subsequently,
in respect of each calendar year from 2002 to 2004, the then Treasury
Committee published an annual report on its work early in the
following calendar year.
3. The main purpose of this Report is to provide
an account of the work of the Treasury Committee in the current
Parliament from its appointment until the end of 2006. In addition,
in order to provide continuity, some mention is made of the activities
of the previous Committee in the last months of the 2001-05 Parliament.
The work of that Committee formally came to an end with the dissolution
of Parliament on 11 April 2005.
The membership of the Committee in the present Parliament was
determined on 13 July 2005 and we held our first meeting the following
4. Chapter 2 of this Report provides an overview
of the current Committee's work to the end of 2006. In chapter
3, we analyse the activities of the Committee thematically in
relation to the "core tasks" assigned to select committees,
and departmental select committees in particular, by the House
of Commons and the Liaison Committee. Chapter 4 deals with the
Committee's working practices and relations with the Treasury.