Select Committee on Liaison First Report

Formal Minutes

Thursday 28 February 2008

Members present:

Mr Alan Williams, in the Chair
Mr James Arbuthnot

Mr Alan Beith

Michael Connarty

Sir Patrick Cormack

Mr Andrew Dismore

Dr Hywel Francis

Mike Gapes

Mr Michael Jack

Mr Edward Leigh

Peter Luff

John McFall

Andrew Miller

Mr Barry Sheerman

Dr Phyllis Starkey

Mr John Whittingdale

Sir George Young

The Committee considered this matter.

Draft Report (Pre-appointment hearings by select committees), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraph 1 to 10 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 11 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraph 12 read.

Amendment proposed, in line 8, after "restrictive." to delete "Personal" and insert the words, "We recognise that individuals appointed to public positions must sympathise with the objectives of, and the Government's aspirations for, the work of the organisation to which they are appointed. However, personal …".—(Peter Luff.)

Question, That the Amendment be made, put and negatived.

Paragraph 13 to 16 read and agreed to.

Annexes agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report, as amended, be the First Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

[Adjourned till Thursday 27 March at 9.30 am.

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