§ Mr. Woodward
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if(a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants saw the European Scrutiny Committee questions brief in advance of the appearance of the Minister of State before the committee on 25 November. 
§ Ms Quin
[holding answer 19 March 1999]: It has been common but not universal practice, over a long period, for Committees to agree to give officials an indication of the broad areas they intend to cover at the hearing to ensure that the evidence session is as effective and productive as possible. I was informed of the likely areas of questioning in advance of the Committee hearing on 25 November.