HC Deb 20 December 1999 vol 341 cc432-3W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the names and designations of those who attended the meeting chaired by him on 9 December, involving representatives of Her Majesty's Government and the devolved administrations, to discuss combating poverty in the UK; and if he will publish the minutes of this and future such meetings. [103053]

Mr. Andrew Smith

Under paragraph A.11 of the agreement on the Joint Ministerial Committee (Cm 444), which has been agreed between the UK Government, the Scottish Executive and the Cabinet of the National Assembly of Wales, the proceedings of meetings of the Joint Ministerial Committee are regarded as confidential by participants, in order to permit free and candid discussion. As such minutes of JMC meetings will not be published.

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