Select Committee on Treasury Third Report


2  Overview of work

Themes of our work and subjects covered

5. There were four main themes to the work of the Treasury Committee and its Sub-Committee in 2005 and 2006:

6. These four themes, and the many other issues which we and our predecessor Committee covered in 2005 and 2006, are apparent in Table 1 in the Annex, which lists all subjects covered in oral evidence in 2005 and 2006 in the order in which oral evidence was first taken. In addition to the oral evidence sessions listed in Table 1, the Committee and the Sub-Committee also received a great range of written evidence which made an invaluable contribution to inquiries. In order to examine these varied subjects and finalise 19 Reports in 2005 and 2006, the Treasury Committee held a total of 63 meetings, and its Sub-Committee held an additional 25 meetings. Further statistical and financial information about the Committee's work in Session 2005-06 is contained in the Sessional Return.[7]

Visits

7. Visits within the United Kingdom and abroad play an invaluable role in the Committee's work, complementing evidence received at Westminster, enabling Members of Parliament to talk at first hand with experts and practitioners and enabling the Committee to compare approaches in the United Kingdom with those in other countries. In 2005 and 2006, for example:

8. A full list of the visits undertaken by the Committee and its Sub-Committee in 2005 is contained in Table 2 in the Annex. Individual members of the Committee also undertook some visits in Europe representing the Committee, either to Brussels or to Member States holding the Presidency of the European Union. These informed our understanding of European taxation issues and the continuing debate about the future funding of the European Union.[9] The Committee also held a range of informal meetings at Westminster with counterpart Committees from across the world, including visiting parliamentary committees from China, Albania and Sweden.


7   Sessional Returns for Session 2005-06, HC (2006-07) 19. In addition to the 45 meetings in Session 2005-06, the previous Committee held 11 meetings in the first half of 2005 and the current Committee held 7 meetings in November and December 2006 during Session 2006-07. The Sub-Committee held 4 meetings in the first half of 2005 and 21 meetings in the second half of 2005 and in 2006, one of which was held in Session 2006-07. The total of 19 Reports is comprised of 5 Reports of the then Committee in Session 2004-05, 13 Reports in Session 2005-06 and one Report in Session 2006-07 published in 2006, but does not include Special Reports, which are generally used as a mechanism for publishing Government responses to Reports. Back

8   Treasury Committee, Twelfth Report of Session 2005-06, Financial inclusion: credit, savings, advice and insurance, HC 848-I, para 47; Treasury Committee, Thirteenth Report of Session 2005-06, "Banking the unbanked": banking services, the Post Office Card Account, and financial inclusion, HC 1717, paras 16-20 Back

9   For information about such visits, and the costs of all visits, see HC (2006-07) 19. Back


 
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