Select Committee on Liaison Third Report


Letter from Lord Peston requesting additional resources for the Economic Affairs Committee

I am writing to you about the resource requirements of the Economic Affairs Committee's subcommittee to which their Lordships gave the task of scrutinising the Finance Bill. When its first report was debated, I indicated to the House that on the basis of this year's experience in future we would do the job in a more systematic and less pressurised way. The subcommittee would be set up immediately after the gracious speech, meeting in parallel to the main committee as it did last time. It would take a first tranche of evidence from witnesses in the period from then up to the budget itself. The witnesses themselves told us that would add to the usefulness of their contributions. This met with general approval from those present at the debate and from others of their Lordships who take an interest in financial and economic matters.

To carry out its task the sub-committee needs a clerk of its own, special advisers, and some secretarial experience. In essence the purpose of this letter is to ask the liaison committee to make available the required resources.

30 October 2003

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