§ Mr. Woodward
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if(a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants saw the European Scrutiny Committee questions brief in advance of the appearance of the Parliamentary Secretary before the committee on 2 December. 
§ Mr. Kilfoyle
[holding answer on 19 March 1999]: It has been a common but not universal practice over a long period for Committees to indicate the broad areas they intend to cover at a hearing, to ensure that the evidence session is as effective and productive as possible. I was informed of likely questions in advance of the Committee hearing on 2 December 1998.