§ Lord Stoddart of Swindon
asked the Chairman of Committees:
What was the purpose of the visit by Sub-Committee B of the European Union Committee to Washington between 9 and 12 April; how many members and officers took part in the visit; and what was its total cost. [HL2036]
§ The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham)
The visit was made as part of Sub-Committee B's inquiry into e-commerce: policy development and co-ordination in the European Union. The purpose of the visit was to learn from United States experience in the regulation of e-commerce. The Sub-Committee met representatives of the US National Co-ordinating Committee for e-commerce, the US Department of Commerce, the National Telecommunications and Information Agency and the United States Congress. Four members of the Sub-Committee, accompanied by the Clerk and the Specialist Adviser, took part in the visit. The total cost was £21,560.