Select Committee on European Scrutiny Minutes of Evidence



Examination of Witness(Questions 40-41)

THE RT HON ROBIN COOK, MP

TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2002

Mr Connarty

  40. Given all the discussion we have had and the shared view I think we have that we want to engage more people in the work of Europe and see the role of scrutiny as being important, does the Leader accept that I certainly still maintain a sense of disappointment, whatever method was used, that members of this European Scrutiny Committee were not put on the Convention, as this Committee suggested, thereby downgrading Europe in a sense and the work of this Committee in the eyes of this House?
  (Mr Cook) I would certainly regret it if members of the Committee felt that they had been downgraded and I am conscious that there was a degree of controversy about it at the time on which there was discussion. It is plainly an issue which has been sensitive and which by its exploration has perhaps sensitised us should such an issue ever arise again.

Chairman

  41. Leader, there may have been some controversy but where there is not any controversy will be in the value of your evidence session this morning. Thank you very much. I know it is the first time you have appeared in front of our Committee and I know that to get quality we should do it sparingly but maybe at some time in the future we will be able to have you before us again to discuss any progress that we have both achieved. Thank you very much; it has been very interesting this morning. We really appreciate it.

  (Mr Cook) Thank you very much, Chairman, and if I can help the Committee on a future occasion I am always available.





 
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