§ Mr. Richard Shepherd
asked the Prime Minister (1) if she has made any changes in the arrangements of her standing Cabinet Committees; and if she will list these in terms of function and chairmanship;
(2) how many Cabinet Committees in the miscellaneous series were created between May 1979 and May 1983.
§ The Prime Minister
There continue to be four Standing Committees of the Cabinet: a Defence and Oversea Policy Committee and an Economic Strategy Committee under my chairmanship; a Home and Social Affairs Committee under the chairmanship of my right hon.and noble Friend Lord Whitelaw; and a Legislation8W Committee under the chairmanship of my right hon. Friend the Lord Privy Seal. Attendance at these Committees will vary accoring to the subject under discussion. Sub-committees of the Standing Committees will be continued or established as appropriate. Membership and terms of reference of the Standing Committees and their sub-committees will remain confidential.