Work of the Committee in 2008-09 - Justice Committee Contents


ANNEX B: Sessional Return for 2008-09


        JUSTICE

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

Beith, Sir Alan (Chairman)

Heath, Mr David

Hogg, Douglas (added 20.4.09)

James, Mrs Sian C

Kawczynski, Daniel (discharged 20.4.09)

Michael, Alun

Morden, Jessica

Morgan, Julie

Neill, Robert

Palmer, Dr Nick

Riordan, Mrs Linda

Sharma, Mr Virendra

Turner, Mr Andrew

Tyrie, Mr Andrew

Whitehead, Dr Alan

Overall Attendance:

Meetings attended

32 out of 33

24 out of 33

6 out of 18

9 out of 33

0 out of 15

32 out of 33

5 out of 33

30 out of 33

1 out of 33

17 out of 33

12 out of 33

0 out of 33

25 out of 33

27 out of 33

28 out of 33

53.9 %

Total number of meetings: 33

Of which:
Number of meetings at which oral evidence was taken 25
Number of times oral evidence was taken partly or wholly in private 1
Number of wholly private meetings 8
Other activities
Informal meetings (including meetings with overseas visitors) 3

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 Ministers1
Ministers other than Cabinet Ministers 7
Attorney General1
Members of the House of Lords (of whom 5 were also Ministers) 6
Officers of the House of Commons 1
Number of appearances by officials from, or representatives of:
HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate 1
HM Inspectorate of Prisons 1
Home Office1
Ministry of Justice 4
Office for Criminal Justice Reform 2
Prisons and Probation Ombudsman 1
Executive agencies
National Offender Management Service 3
Number of appearances by representatives of public bodies and non-Ministerial departments comprising:
Criminal Cases Review Commission 1
Crown Prosecution Service 1
Health and Safety Executive 1
Legal Services Board 1
Legal Services Commission 1
National Audit Office 1
Office of the Information Commissioner 1
Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office 1
Youth Justice Board for England and Wales 1
Appearances by other witnesses: 37

Overseas Visits
DateDestination MembersStaff PurposeCost
11-12.10.09StockholmA Beith1 Conference of Chairs of Parliamentary Committees on Justice £2,126.19

A Travel in a representative capacity

Visits to European Institutions
DateDestination MembersStaff PurposeCost
16-17.11.09BrusselsA Beith0 Joint Parliamentary Meeting on Building a Citizens' Europe £240.00

(Estimated outurn)

A Travel in a representative capacity

UK Visits
DateDestination MembersStaff PurposeCost
11-12.12.08Edinburgh Beith, Heath, Michael, Morgan, Whitehead 8Inquiry into Justice Reinvestment £6,055.59
19.3.09HM Prisons Elemley, Standford Hill and Swaleside, Isle of Sheppey, Kent Beith, James, Morgan, Riordan, Turner, Whitehead 4Inquiry into the role of the Prison Officer £486.00
16.4.09Durham Business School, Durham UniversityA Beith0 Freedom of Information Workshop £82.25
21.7.09UK Supreme Court, London Beith, Heath, Morgan, Whitehead 5Scrutiny of setting up of new UK Supreme Court Nil

A Travel in a representative capacity

Reports and Oral and Written Evidence
TitleHC No. (2008-09) Date of publication Government reply
First Report: Crown Dependencies: evidence taken 6719.12.08 Government Response, received 26.2.09: published as Second Special Report Session 2008-09
Second Report: Coroners and Justice Bill 18523.1.09 Government Response, received 2.3.09: published as First Special Report Session 2008-09
Third Report: The work of the Information Commissioner: appointment of a new Commissioner 1469.2.09 Government Response, received 5.4.09: published as Fourth Special Report Session 2008-09
Fourth Report: Work of the Committee in 2007-08 3219.3.09 Not applicable
Fifth Report: Devolution: A Decade On 529-I24.5.09 Cm 7687, published 15.7.09
Oral and Written Evidence: Devolution: A Decade On 529-II24.5.09 Not applicable
Sixth Report: Sentencing Guidelines and Parliament: building a bridge 7152.7.09 Cm 7716, published 15.9.09
Seventh Report: Constitutional Reform and Renewal: Parliamentary Standards Bill 7911.7.09 Government Response, received 24.9.09: published as Sixth Special Report Session 2008-09
Eighth Report: Family Legal Aid Reform 71415.7.09 Government Response, received 14.9.09: published as Fifth Special Report Session 2008-09
Ninth Report: The Crown Prosecution Service: Gatekeeper of the Criminal Justice System 1866.8.09 Awaited
Tenth Report: Draft Sentencing Guideline: overarching principles-sentencing youths 49713.8.09 Not applicable
Eleventh Report: Constitutional Reform and Renewal 92329.7.09 Government Response, received 29.9.09: published as Sixth Special Report Session 2008-09
Twelfth Report: Role of the Prison Officer 3613.11.09 Awaited
First Special Report: Coroners and Justice Bill: Government Response to the Committee's Second Report of Session 2008-09 3226.3.09 Not applicable
Second Special Report: Crown Dependencies: evidence taken: Government Response to the Committee's First Report of Session 2008-09 3239.3.09 Not applicable
Third Special Report: Appointment of the Chair of the Office for Legal Complaints: Government Response to the Committee's Seventh Report of Session 2007-08 34213.3.09 Not applicable
Fourth Special Report: The work of the Information Commissioner: appointment of a new Commissioner: Government Response to the Committee's Third Report of Session 2008-09 42424.4.09 Not applicable
Fifth Special Report: Family Legal Aid Reform: Government Response to the Committee's Eighth Report of Session 2008-09 101816.10.09 Not applicable
Sixth Special Report: Parliamentary Standards Bill and Constitutional Reform and Renewal: Government Responses to the Committee's Seventh and Eleventh Reports of Session
2008-09
101716.10.09 Not applicable
Oral Evidence: Legal Aid Reform 73-i30.3.09 Not applicable
Oral Evidence: Legal Services Board 284-i3.4.09 Not applicable
Oral Evidence: The work of the Office for Criminal Justice Reform 313-i19.7.09 Not applicable
Oral Evidence: The work of the Criminal Cases Review Commission 343-i16.6.09 Not applicable
Oral Evidence: Sentencing Guidelines: Fraud (statutory offences) 498-i22.5.09 Not applicable
Oral Evidence: Ministry of Justice Departmental Annual Report 2007-08 1121-iA 27.4.09Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Justice Reinvestment 54-i15.12.08 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Justice Reinvestment 54-ii8.1.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Justice Reinvestment 54-iii29.1.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Ministry of Justice Departmental Annual Report 2008-09 1016-i16.10.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Justice issues in Europe 1093-i10.11.09 Not applicable
Uncorrected Oral Evidence published on the Internet: Justice issues in Europe 1093-ii13.11.09 Not applicable

A Oral evidence held in Session 2007-08 (HC number refers to Session 2007-08)

Government replies to Reports for Session 2007-08

Reply to the Committee's Sixth Report: Public Appointments: Lord-Lieutenants and High Sheriffs, published as Cm 7503 (18.12.08).

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/justicecom.

Divisions

None.

Debates

Committee reports were debated on 1 occasion in Westminster Hall. Committee reports were tagged on the Order Paper as being relevant to debates in the House of Commons or Westminster Hall on 8 occasions. Further details can be found in the Committee's Sessional Report, para 60.

Number of oral evidence sessions for each inquiry during the Session
InquiryNumber of oral evidence sessions
Constitutional Reform and Renewal 1
Constitutional Reform and Renewal: Parliamentary Standards Bill 1
Crown Dependencies: evidence taken 1
Family Legal Aid Reform 1
Justice issues in Europe 2
Justice ReinvestmentA B 3
Legal Aid Reform1
Legal Services Board 1
Ministry of Justice Departmental Annual Report 2008-09 1
Sentencing Guidelines: Fraud (statutory offences) 1
Sentencing Guidelines: principles of sentencing for youths 3
The Crown Prosecution Service: Gatekeeper of the Criminal Justice System 5
Role of the Prison Officer 6
The work of the Criminal Cases Review Commission 1
The work of the Information Commissioner: appointment of a new Commissioner 2
The work of the Office for Criminal Justice Reform 1
Total31c

A The Committee did not complete these inquiries in Session 2008-09.

B The Committee and its Sub-committee took oral evidence on this inquiry in Session 2007-08; figures appear in the Return for that Session (HC 1 (2007-08)).

c On five occasions the Committee's meeting comprised multiple separate sessions,  with four comprising two separate evidence sessions and one comprising three separate evidence sessions.



 
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