1. Three separate numbering systems are used
in this Report to designate European Union documents.
Numbers in brackets are the Committee's own reference
Numbers in the form 5467/97 are Council of Ministers
reference numbers; this system is also employed by United Kingdom
Government Departments and the Vote Office and for the purpose
of proceedings in the House.
Numbers preceded by the letters COM or SEC are Commission
reference numbers; this style is also employed by the European
The absence of both a Council of Ministers and Commission
reference number usually indicates that at the time of the Report
only an unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum from the responsible
Government Department was deposited in the House.
2. Details of the progress of European Union Documents
recommended by the Committee for further consideration may
be found in the European Union Documents List which is circulated
every sitting Monday in the Vote Bundle and is at http://www.parliament.thestationeryoffice.co.uk/pa/cm/cmpubns.htm.
3. The financial data in European Union Documents
are normally expressed in euros. Conversions into sterling relating
to present and future years included in the Government's Explanatory
Memoranda are normally made at the market rate for the last working
day of the previous month. For Explanatory Memoranda submitted
in December 2002, the conversion rate is £1 = _1.6031 (_1
= £0.6238). For Explanatory Memoranda submitted in January
2003, the conversion rate is £1 = _1.5385 (_1 = £0.6500).
4. The following terms and abbreviations are
used regularly in Reports from the Committee:
An item on the Council Agenda which is not controversial, and needs no discussion. If any Member State objects to an item being taken as an 'A' point, that business is dropped from the agenda. 'B' points are those expected to give rise to debate.
Committee of Permanent Representatives
European Court of Justice
European Coal and Steel Community
Regulatory Impact Assessment
Supplementary Explanatory Memorandum
An italic rubric attached to a Motion in the House or European Standing Committee, listing documents relevant to debate on that Motion
The full text of all Reports from the Committee is available
on the Internet at the House of Commons website: www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmeuleg.htm