Work of the Committee in 2007-08 - Business and Enterprise Committee Contents


Annex - Sessional Return

Business and Enterprise

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The Committee was nominated by the House of Commons on 8 November 2007. It had 11 Members and held 51 meetings. These included 1 meeting held concurrently with the Culture, Media and Sport Committee (abbreviated to 'CMS' in the attendance table below) and 6 "Committees on Arms Export Controls" meetings held concurrently with Defence, Foreign Affairs, and International Development Committees (abbreviated to (CAEC) in the attendance table below).
Members

Luff, Peter (Chairman)

Bailey, Adrian

Berry, Roger

Binley, Mr Brian

Clapham, Mr Michael

Hoyle, Mr Lindsay

Hunter, Mark (discharged 28.4.08)

Kirkbride, Miss Julie

Moffat, Anne

Oaten, Mr Mark (added 28.4.08)

Weir, Mr Mike (added 19.11.07)

Wright, Mr Anthony

Younger-Ross, Richard (discharged 19.11.07)

Overall Attendance:

Meetings attended

48 out of 51 (including 1 CMS and 3 CAEC)

39 out of 51 (including 2 CAEC)

31 out of 51 (including 6 CAEC)

29 out of 51 (including 1 CMS)

25 out of 51 (including 1CAEC)

28 out of 51 (including 1 CMS)

7 out of 22

26 out of 51

12 out of 51

16 out of 29 (including 3 CAEC)

31 out of 50 (including 1 CMS and 1CAEC)

36 out of 51 (including 1 CMS)

0 out of 1

56.3 %A

Total number of meetings:51

Of which:
Number of meetings at which oral evidence was taken 37A
Number of times oral evidence was taken partly or wholly in private 0
Number of wholly private meetings7
Number of concurrent meetings with other committees 7
Other activities
Informal meetings (including overseas visitors) 3
Conferences/Seminars hosted0

A Not including CAEC meetings

Staff

Details of the permanent staff of the Committee during the Session can be found in the Committee's publications.

Specialist Advisers during the Session

Dr Sibylle Bauer* and Mr Julian Maitland-Walker.

* Specialist Adviser to the Business and Enterprise, Defence, Foreign Affairs and International Development Committees in their joint inquiry into Strategic Export Controls.

Witnesses
Oral evidence was given during the Session by the following categories of witnesses:

Number of appearances by:
Cabinet Ministers3
Other Ministers9

Members of the House of Lords (of whom 3 were also Ministers)

5

Number of appearances by officials from, or representatives of:
Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform 7
Department of Energy and Climate Change 1
Foreign & Commonwealth Office1
Ministry of Defence1

Public bodies and non-Ministerial departments comprising:
Advantage West Midlands2
British Chambers of Commerce1
Companies House1
Consumer Focus1
East Midlands Development Agency1
Energywatch1
Essex County Council1
European Commission1
Lancashire County Council1
Local Government Association1
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority1
Ofcom1
Ofgem2
Office of Government Commerce1
Olympic Delivery Authority1
Postwatch1

Other departments comprising:
National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) 1
UK Trade and Investment1
Appearances by other witnesses 71

Overseas Visits
DateDestinationMembers StaffPurposeCost
4.12.07AustriaA BerryTo attend Conference on the Ban of Cluster Munitions £918.20
16-19.3.08TurkeyLuff, Bailey, Binley, Hoyle, Wright 2Inquiry into Economic relations with Turkey £11,447.32
20-25.7.08USALuff, Bailey, Berry, Binley, Clapham, Moffat, Oaten, Wright 2Inquiry into Creating a Higher Value-Added Economy £48,475.97

A Travel in a representative capacity

Visits to European Institutions
DateDestination MembersStaffPurpose Cost
18-19.2.08BrusselsLuff, Bailey, Berry, Binley, Weir, Wright 3Meeting at European Commission £4,316.85

UK Visits
DateDestinationMembers StaffPurposeCost
9.1.08Olympic site,

East London

Luff, Bailey, Binley, Clapham, Wright1 Inquiry into the UK Construction industry Nil
24.4.08SouthamptonBerry 1Committees on Arms Export Controls £281.30
29.4.08Judge Business

School, Cambridge

Luff, Binley, Clapham, Hoyle, Kirkbride 2Inquiry into Creating a Higher Value-Added Economy £283.60
12-13.5.08West Midlands Luff, Bailey, Berry, Kirkbride, Oaten, Wright 4A Inquiry into Creating a Higher Value-Added Economy £2,188.65
5.6.08British Library Luff2Inquiry into Creating a Higher Value Added Economy Nil
12-13.6.08ScotlandLuff, Bailey, Berry, Clapham, Weir, Wright 1Inquiry into Creating a Higher Value Added Economy £2,316.05
17.7.08FarnboroughLuff, Oaten 2Farnborough Air Show £120.20
30.10.08One NorthEast,

Newcastle

Luff, Wright1Inquiry into the role of RDAs £549.45

A Includes one shorthand writer

Reports and Oral and Written Evidence
TitleHC No. (2007-08) Date of publicationGovernment reply
First Report: The work of the Committee in 2007 23323.1.08Not applicable
Second Report: Jobs for the Girls: Two Years On 291-I9.2.08Received 6.6.08: published as Fourth Special Report, Session 2007-08
Oral and Written Evidence: Jobs for the Girls: Two Years On 291-II9.2.08Not applicable
Third Report: Post Office Closure Programme 292-I8.2.08Received 3.4.08: published as Sixth Report, Session 2007-08
Oral and Written Evidence: Post Office Closure Programme 292-II30.5.08Not applicable
Fourth Report: Funding the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority 3947.4.08Received 5.6.08: published as Fifth Special Report, Session 2007-08
Fifth Report: Waking up to India: Developments in UK-India economic relations 20921.4.08Received 14.7.08: published as Sixth Special Report, Session 2007-08
Sixth Report: After the Network Change Programme: the future of the post office network 5772.6.08Received 23.9.08: published as Ninth Special Report, Session 2007-08
Seventh Report: Keeping the door wide open: Turkey and EU accession 367-I30.6.08Received 23.9.08: published as Eighth Special Report, Session 2007-08
Oral and Written Evidence: Keeping the door wide open: Turkey and EU accession 367-II30.6.08Not applicable
Eighth Report: Scrutiny of Arms Export Controls (2008): UK Strategic Export Controls Annual Report 2006, Quarterly Reports for 2007, licensing policy and review of export control legislationA 25417.7.08Cm 7485, published 4.11.08
Ninth Report: Construction matters 127-I16.7.08Received 4.11.08: published as Tenth Special Report, Session 2007-08

A First Joint Report with the Defence, Foreign Affairs and International Development Committees.
Oral and Written Evidence: Construction matters 127-II16.7.08Not applicable
Tenth Report: Post Office finance: matters arising from evidence taken on 10th June 2008 66223.7.08Received 24.9.08: published as Ninth Special Report, Session 2007-08
Eleventh Report: Energy prices, fuel poverty and Ofgem 29328.7.08Received 2.10.08: published as Seventh Special Report, Session 2007-08
Oral and Written Evidence: Energy prices, fuel poverty and Ofgem 293-II28.7.08Not applicable
Twelfth Report: Post Office Card Account: successor arrangements 105210.11.08Not Required
Thirteenth Report: Companies House 45621.11.08Awaited
Fourteenth Report: Departmental Annual Report and Scrutiny of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform 111625.11.08Awaited
First Special Report: The future of UK manufacturing: public procurement: Government Response to the Thirteenth Report from the Trade and Industry Committee, Session 2006-07 21216.1.08Not applicable
Second Special Report: The work of the Office of Fair Trading: Government Response to the Trade and Industry Committee's Twelfth Report of Session 2006-07 3725.3.08Not applicable
Third Special Report: Europe moves East: the impact of the 'New' Member States on UK business: Government Response to the Trade and Industry Committee's Eleventh Report of Session 2006-07 37310.3.08Not applicable
Fourth Special Report: Jobs for the Girls: Two Years On: Government Response to the Committee's Second Report of Session 2007-08 63416.6.08Not applicable
Fifth Special Report: Funding the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: Government Response to the Committee's Fourth Report of Session 2007-08 99421.7.08Not applicable
Sixth Special Report: Waking up to India: Developments in UK-India economic relations: Government Response to the Committee's Fifth Report of Session 2007-08 100621.7.08Not applicable
Seventh Special Report: Energy prices, fuel poverty and Ofgem: Government Response to the Committee's Eleventh Report of Session 2007-08 106910.10.08Not applicable
Eighth Special Report: Keeping the door wide open: Turkey and EU Accession: Government Response to the Committee's Seventh Report of Session 2007-08 107013.10.08Not applicable
Ninth Special Report: After the Network Change Programme and Post Office finance: Responses to the Committee's Sixth and Tenth Reports of Session 2007-08 109117.10.08Not applicable
Tenth Special Report: Construction matters: Government Response to the Committee's Ninth Report of Session 2007-08 118714.11.08Not applicable
Oral and Written Evidence: Departmental Annual Report and Accounts 2006-07 108-i21.5.08Not applicable
Oral and Written Evidence: Recent developments in trade 208-i1.5.08Not applicable
Oral and Written Evidence: Ofcom Annual Plan 2008-09 49422.7.08Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Creating a Higher Value-Added Economy 168 i-vii14.12.07Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: The role of regional development agencies 1054 i-ii10.10.08Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Consumer Focus 1182-i14.11.08Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Pub Companies 1188-i21.11.08Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Energy prices follow-up 1207 i-ii28.11.08Not applicable
Written Evidence published on the Internet: The role of regional development agencies 10547.10.08Not applicable

Government replies to Reports for Session 2006-07

Reply to the Committee's Thirteenth Report: The future of UK manufacturing: public procurement, received 14.12.07 and published as the Committee's First Special Report, Session 2007-08.

Reply to the Committee's Twelfth Report : The work of the Office of Fair Trading: received 29.1.08 and published as the Committee's Second Special Report, Session 2007-08.

Reply to the Committee's Eleventh Report: Europe moves East: the impact of the 'New' Member States on UK business: received 18.2.08 and published as the Committee's Third Special Report, Session 2007-08.

Formal Minutes

The Formal Minutes of the Committee were published electronically after each meeting of the Committee. They are available on the Committee's website at http://www.parliament.uk/bec.

Divisions
DateSubject
7.2.08Two, on consideration of the draft Report on Post Office Closure Programme

Debates

Committee reports were debated on two occasions in Westminster Hall. Further details can be found in the Committee's Sessional Report.

Number of oral evidence sessions for each inquiry during the Session
InquiryNumber of oral evidence sessions
BERR Spring Supplementary Estimate 1
Companies House1
Consumer Focus1
Creating a Higher Value-Added Economy7
Departmental Annual Report & Accounts 2006-07 1
Departmental Annual Report & Accounts 2007-08 and Current Economic Situation 1
Energy Prices7
Energy prices: follow-up2
Keeping the door wide open: Turkey and EU accession 3
Ofcom Annual Plan 2008-091
Post Office Closure Programme2
Post Office finance: matters arising from evidence taken on 10 June 2008 1
Pub companies1
Recent developments in trade1
Scrutiny of Arms Export Control (2008): UK Strategic Export Controls Annual Report 2006, Quarterly Reports for 2007, licensing policy and review of export control legislationB 3
The role of regional development agencies 2
The UK construction industryA 4
Waking up to India: Developments in UK-India economic relationsA 1
TotalC40

A The Committee also took oral evidence on these inquiries in Session 2006-07; figures appear in the Return for that Session (HC 1 (2006-07))

B Jointly with the Defence, Foreign Affairs, and International Development Committees.

C Total in this table does not match the figure given above as joint meetings of the Committees on Arms Export Controls are included here.


 
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