Work of the Committee in 2007-08 - Justice Committee Contents


ANNEX B: Sessional Return for 2007-08 (extract)


The Committee was nominated by the House of Commons on 13 July 2005. It had 14 Members.

Meetings
Members

Beith, Sir Alan (Chairman)

Cooper, Rosie (added 12.11.07 discharged 17.3.08)

Heath, Mr David (added 26.3.08)

Howarth, David (discharged 26.3.08)

James, Mrs Siân C

Kawczynski, Daniel (added 12.11.07)

Malins, Mr Humfrey (added 12.11.07 discharged 4.2.08)

Michael, Alun (added 12.11.07)

Morden, Jessica

Morgan, Julie

Neill, Robert

Palmer, Dr Nick (added 12.11.07)

Riordan, Mrs Linda (added 17.3.08)

Sharma, Mr Virendra (added 12.11.07)

Turner, Mr Andrew (added 4.2.08)

Tyrie, Mr Andrew

Vaz, Keith (discharged 12.11.07)

Whitehead, Dr Alan

Wright, Jeremy (discharged 12.11.07)

Overall Attendance:

Meetings attended

31 out of 32

0 out of 12

12 out of 18

4 out of 14

14 out of 32

4 out of 32

0 out of 8

29 out of 32

8 out of 32

28 out of 32

4 out of 32

13 out of 32

11 out of 20

20 out of 32

19 out of 24

14 out of 32

0 out of 0

23 out of 32

0 out of 0

52.2 %

Total number of meetings: 32

Of which:
Number of meetings at which oral evidence was taken 28
Number of times oral evidence was taken partly or wholly in private 0
Number of wholly private meetings 4
Number of concurrent meetings with other committees 0
Other activities
Informal meetings (including overseas visitors) 3
Conferences/Seminars hosted 1

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

Rob Allen.

Witnesses
Oral Evidence was given during the Session by the following categories of witnesses:
Number of appearances by:
Cabinet Ministers4
Other Ministers2
Attorney General1
Members of the House of Commons 3
Members of the House of Lords (of whom 1 was also a Minister) 7
Members of the Judiciary 1
Number of appearances by officials from, or representatives of:
Cabinet Office1
HM Inspectorate of Prisons 1
HM Inspectorate of Probation 1
Ministry of Justice 3
National Assembly for Wales 4
Office of the Attorney General 1
Scotland Office1
Scottish Government 3
Scottish Parliament 2
Wales Office1
Welsh Assembly Government 1
Executive agencies comprising:
National Offender Management Service 2
Number of appearances by representatives of public bodies and non-Ministerial departments comprising:
Audit Commission1
Crown Prosecution Service 1
Electoral Commission 1
Office of the Information Commissioner 1
Office for Legal Complaints 1
Youth Justice Board for England and Wales 1
Appearances by other witnesses: 66

Overseas Visits
DateDestination MembersStaff PurposeCost
18-23.11.07New York and Toronto Beith, Howarth, James, Morgan, Neill, Whitehead 2Inquiry into Towards Effective Sentencing £38,217.63
17-23.5.08Vancouver, Seattle and Portland Beith, Michael, Sharma, Whitehead 2Inquiry into Justice Reinvestment £34,818.64
14-15.9.08ParisA Beith1 EU Presidency Conference of Chairmen of National Parliaments' Justice and Home Affairs Committees £1,777.93
2-6.11.08Berlin and Helsinki Beith, Morgan, Whitehead 2Inquiry into Justice Reinvestment £14,843.00 (estimated outturn)

A Travel in a representative capacity

Visits to European Institutions
DateDestination MembersStaff PurposeCost
2.12.08BrusselsA Beith1 Forum on Judicial Cooperation in Civil Law Matters £842.38

A Travel in a representative capacity

UK Visits
DateDestination MembersStaff PurposeCost
25-26.2.08Edinburgh Beith, James, Michael, Morgan, Turner 5A Inquiry into Devolution: A Decade On £5,641.91
12-13.3.08Newcastle Beith, James, Michael, Morgan, Neill, Whitehead 5A Inquiries into Devolution: A Decade On and Justice Reinvestment £4,569.67
8-9.5.08National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff and HMP & YOI Parc, Bridgend Beith, James, Michael, Morgan, Turner, Whitehead 6A Inquiries into Devolution: A Decade On and Justice Reinvestment £2,412.16

A Includes 1 shorthand writer

Reports and Oral and Written Evidence
TitleHC No. (2007-08) Date of publication Government reply
First Report: Protection of Private Data 1543.1.08 Received 29.2.08: published as Third Special Report, Session 2007-08
Second Report: Work of the Committee 35820.3.08 Not applicable
Third Report: Counter Terrorism Bill 40520.3.08 Received 11.6.08: published as Fourth Special Report, Session 2007-08
Fourth Report: Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill (provisions relating to the Attorney General) 69824.6.08 Awaited
Fifth Report: Towards Effective Sentencing 184-I22.7.08 Cm 7476, published 22.10.08
Oral and Written Evidence: Towards Effective Sentencing 184-II22.7.08 Not applicable
Sixth Report: Public Appointments: Lord-Lieutenants and High Sheriffs 100118.9.08 Cm 7503, published 18.12.08
Seventh Report: Appointment of the Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints 112231.10.08 Not applicable
First Special Report: The creation of the Ministry of Justice: Government Response to the Committee's Sixth Report of Session 2006-07 1403.12.07 Not applicable
Second Special Report: Constitutional Role of the Attorney General: Government Response to the Committee's Fifth Report of Session 2006-07 2427.2.08 Not applicable
Third Special Report: Protection of Private Data: Government Response to the Committee's First Report of Session 2007-08 40611.3.08 Not applicable
Fourth Special Report: Counter-Terrorism Bill: Government Response to the Committee's Third Report of Session 2007-08 75826.6.08 Not applicable
Oral Evidence: Sentencing Guidelines 279-i15.10.08 Not applicable
Oral and Written Evidence: Consultation Sentencing Guideline: Causing Death by Driving 407-i4.11.08 Not applicable
Oral and Written Evidence: Judicial Appointments Commission 416-i-iiA 1.5.08Not applicable
Oral and Written Evidence: The Work of the Electoral Commission 439-i15.4.08 Not applicable
Oral and Written Evidence: Reform of the Coroners' System and Death Certification: Follow Up 515-iA18.4.08 Not applicable
Oral Evidence: Consultation Sentencing Guideline: Theft and Burglary (non-dwelling) 649-i22.10.08 Not applicable
Oral and Written Evidence: Administration of Justice 913-i25.11.08 Not applicable
Oral and Written Evidence: Ministry of Justice: Aims and Objectives 938-iA12.12.08 Not applicable
Oral and Written Evidence: The Work of the Ministry of Justice 987-i-iiA 26.11.08Not applicable
Oral Evidence: Draft Sentencing Guidelines: Assaults 1098-iA 17.10.08Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Devolution: A Decade On 75-i16.11.07 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Devolution: A Decade On 75-ii6.2.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Devolution: A Decade On 75-iii26.2.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Devolution: A Decade On 75-iv4.3.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Devolution: A Decade On 75-v25.3.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Devolution: A Decade On 75-vi16.4.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Devolution: A Decade On 75-vii28.4.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Devolution: A Decade On 75-viii14.5.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Devolution: A Decade On 75-ix19.5.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Devolution: A Decade On 75-x18.7.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Justice Reinvestment 425-i25.3.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Justice Reinvestment 425-ii13.5.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Justice Reinvestment 425-iii23.6.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Justice Reinvestment 425-iv2.7.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Justice Reinvestment 425-v7.7.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Justice Reinvestment 425-vi7.8.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Justice Reinvestment 425-vii4.11.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Justice Reinvestment 425-viii17.11.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Justice Reinvestment 425-ix24.11.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Justice Reinvestment 425-x2.12.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: The Work of the Ministry of Justice 1076-i8.10.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Sentencing Commission 1095-i20.10.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Ministry of Justice Departmental Annual Report 2007-08 1121-i23.10.08 Not applicable

A HC No. refers to Session 2006-07

Government replies to Reports for Session 2006-07

Reply to the Committee's Fifth Report: Constitutional Role of the Attorney General, received 13.12.07 and published as the Committee's Second Special Report Session 2007-08.

Further reply to the Committee's Fifth Report: Constitutional Role of the Attorney General, published as Cm 7355 (30.4.08).

Reply to the Committee's Sixth Report: The creation of the Ministry of Justice, received 16.11.07 and published as the Committee's First 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 www.parliament.uk/justicecom.

Divisions
DateSubject
15.7.08One, on consideration of the question, that the Report be the Sixth Report of the Committee to the House, Public Appointments: Lord-Lieutenants and High Sheriffs

Debates

Committee reports were tagged on the Order Paper as being relevant to debates in the House of Commons on 2 occasions. 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
Appointment of the Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints 1
Consultation Sentencing Guideline: Causing Death by Driving 1
Consultation Sentencing Guideline: Theft and Burglary (non-dwelling) 1
Devolution: A Decade OnA B 9
Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill (provisions relating to the Attorney General) 1
Justice ReinvestmentA B 9
Ministry of Justice Departmental Annual Report 2007-08 1
Protection of private data 1
Public Appointments: Lord-Lieutenants and High Sheriffs 1
Sentencing Commission 1
Sentencing Guidelines 1
The Work of the Electoral Commission 1
The Work of the Ministry of Justice 1
Towards Effective Sentencingc 2
Total31D

A The Committee did not complete these inquiries in Session 2007-08.

B The Committee also took oral evidence on these inquiries as the Justice Sub-Committee; figures appear in the Return for the Sub-Committee.

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

D On three occasions the Committee's meeting comprised two separate oral evidence sessions.

Justice Sub-Committee

The Sub-Committee took evidence as follows:
InquiryNumber of oral evidence sessions
Administration of Justice 1
Devolution: A Decade OnA 1
Justice ReinvestmentA 1
Total3B

A The main Justice Committee also took evidence for this inquiry; figures appear in the Return for the main Committee.

B On one occasion the Sub-Committee's meeting comprised two separate oral evidence sessions.


 
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