Select Committee on European Scrutiny First Report


PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE

Wednesday 18 July 2001

Members present:


Mr Colin BreedMr Jimmy Hood
Mr Roger CasaleMiss Anne McIntosh
Mr Michael Connarty Mr Jim Marshall
Mr Tony Cunningham Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Wayne DavidMr Anthony Steen
Mr Jim DobbinMr Bill Tynan
Mr Mark Hendrick


The following Members disclosed their interests, pursuant to the Resolution of the House of 13 July 1992:

BREED, Colin (Cornwall South East)

6. Overseas visits

5-7 June 2000, to Jerusalem to attend conference on "Culture and Community in Jerusalem". Air travel from London and all accommodation costs in Jerusalem funded by the Law Society, Jerusalem. (Registered 12 June 2000)

10. Miscellaneous and unremunerated interests

Lay member, General Medical Council.

CASALE, Roger (Wimbledon)

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc

Member of Harris Parliamentary Panel. (£1-£1,000)

Occasional lectures on British and European politics.

4. Sponsorship or financial or material support

Some financial support for my work as a constituency Member provided by the Arthur Palmer Memorial Trust, created in memory of the first Labour Member to represent Wimbledon.

Some material benefit (excluding monetary payments), e.g. office and storage space and use of facilities, including the use of a free postage facility, from the Banking, Insurance and Finance Union (BIFU) (now known as Unify).

Reimbursement by GKN (sponsor of the All-Party British Italian Parliamentary Group) of expenses incurred by me in the provision of office facilities (including staff) for servicing the All-Party Group.

6. Overseas visits

18 February 2000, to Florence, Italy, to speak at a conference on Welfare Reform organised by the Institute Fratelli Roselli; travel and expenses paid by the Roselli Institute. (Registered 10 March 2000)

22-24 March 2000, to Rome, Italy, as Chairman of the British-Italian Parliamentary Group to attend a conference on British-Italian Co-operation in the Field of Justice, Immigration and Home Affairs. Meals and overnight accommodation were provided by the Italian Parliament (Carrera dei Deputati). (Registered 4 May 2000)

18-20 May 2000, to Apeldoorn, in The Netherlands, to take part in the first UK-Netherlands Apeldoorn bi-lateral conference. Overnight accommodation, meals and travel costs were paid for by the conference sponsors who included Shell, Unilever and the Dutch Foreign Office. (Registered 26 June 2000)

3-6 November 2000, to Rome, Italy, as Chairman of the All-Party British Italian Parliamentary Group and Head of the British delegation to the Jubilee celebrations for Parliamentarians. I travelled at the invitation of the organising Committee of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Parliamentarians for the Jubilee Year in the Italian Senate, which also paid for my hotel accommodation in Rome. The All-Party British Italian Parliamentary Group paid for my travel costs. (Registered 6 December 2000)

19-22 November 2000, to Rome, Italy, to attend an international conference for Parliamentarians of Italian origin at the invitation of the Speaker of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. The Italian Parliament paid for my hotel accommodation in Rome and my travel expenses. (Registered 6 December 2000)

10. Miscellaneous and unremunerated interests

Director (non-remunerated) of Wimbledon Civic Forum Trust Ltd.

CONNARTY, Michael (Falkirk East)

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc

Member of Political Opinion Panel of BPRI (Business Planning and Research International).(£1-£1,000)

Member of Harris Parliamentary Panel. (£1-£1,000)

Occasional fees for journalism, media appearances etc.

6. Overseas visits

16-17 October 2000, to Denmark to take part in a study tour of wind power sites, organised by the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG). Tour sponsored by National Windpower (UK). (Registered 5 December 2000)

3-6 November 2000, my wife and I attended the Jubilee Celebrations for Parliamentarians in Rome, at the invitation of the Organising Committee of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Parliamentarians for the Jubilee Year in the Italian Senate, which also paid for my wife's and my hotel accommodation while in Rome. My wife and I met our own travel costs to Rome. (Registered 5 December 2000)

28 February - 2 March 2001, I took part in a study visit to Poland on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on EU Enlargement. The costs were met by the Government of Poland.

DOBBIN, Jim (Heywood and Middleton)

6. Overseas visits

24-26 February 1999, to Gibraltar, accompanied by my wife, at the invitation of the Gibraltar Government. (Registered 18 March 1999)

6-9 September 1999, to Switzerland and Northern Italy, with the All-Party Rail Freight Group, to enable parliamentarians to study rail freight services across the Alps and to the UK. Accommodation and travel costs were met by the Rail Freight Group. (Registered 12 November 2000)

12-15 September 2000, to Brussels, Antwerp and Rotterdam with the All-Party Parliamentary Rail Freight Group, to gain information and experience on rail freight connections in the ports and to meet officials and parliamentarians in Brussels on the same subject. Visit arranged and funded by the Rail Freight Group. (Registered 12 November 2000)

3-6 November 2000, my wife and I attended the Jubilee Celebrations for Parliamentarians held in Rome, at the invitation of the Organising Committee of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Parliamentarians for the Jubilee Year in the Italian Senate, which also paid for my wife's and my hotel accommodation while in Rome. My wife and I met our own travel costs to Rome. (Registered 30 November 2000)

HOOD, Jimmy (Clydesdale)

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc

Member of Harris Parliamentary Panel. (£1-£1,000).

Parliamentary Consultant to Scottish Coal. (£5,001-£10,000)

6. Overseas visits

9-12 September 2000, to Gibraltar to attend National Day celebrations. Travel and accommodation paid for by the Gibraltar Government. (Registered 20 October 2000)

6-9 October 2000, to Cyprus to attend the annual Morphou Rally. Travel and accommodation paid for by the Morphou Association. (Registered 20 October 2000)

2-5 December 2000, to Cyprus to attend the annual Ayios Amvrosios Rally in Nicosia. Travel and accommodation paid for by the Ayios Amvrosios Association (UK). (Registered 20 December 2000)

McINTOSH, Anne (Vale of York)

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc

Non-practising Advocate. Occasional fees for TV appearances.

Former Member of the European Parliament.

5. Gifts, benefits and hospitality (UK)

In my position as a member of the Public Policy Advisory Committee of the RAC I receive complimentary membership of the RAC Club at Pall Mall for me, and membership of their breakdown services for me and my husband. (Registered 29 January 1999)

9 June 2000, I was the guest of Transco at the Yorkshire International Business Convention at Harewood House, Leeds. (Registered 7 June 2000)

14 July 2000, visit to the York Races as a guest of the All-Party Racing and Bloodstock Industries Group. (Registered 26 July 2000)

17 February 2001, my husband and I attended the Lord Mayor of York's Valentine's Ball at York Races as guests of BT plc. (Registered 19 February 2001)

8. Land and Property

Half-share in smallholding in Teesdale, Co. Durham.

10. Miscellaneous and unremunerated interests

President of Yorkshire First, an apolitical club whose purpose is to promote business in Yorkshire and whose members are drawn from the local business community (unremunerated).

ROBERTSON, Laurence (Tewkesbury)

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc

Various fees for television or radio appearances.

Various fees for surveys or interviews.

Various fees for speeches.

The above fees are often donated to charities.

5. Gifts, benefits and hospitality (UK)

Hospitality provided by representatives of the tobacco industry on an occasional basis for my wife and me, and by the industry itself and the Tobacco Manufacturers Association.

Various hospitality to my wife and me provided by racecourses, bookmakers, racing companies, and other racing groups and organisations.

6. Overseas visits

20-27 April 2000, to Egypt, with my wife, at the invitation and expense of the Egyptian Government. (Registered 10 May 2000)

8-13 October 2000, to Bahrain, with my wife, including all travel and hospitality, paid for by the Gulf Centre for Strategic Studies Ltd. (Registered 6 November 2000)

STEEN, Anthony (Totnes)

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession, etc.

Public affairs, parliamentary and legal adviser to the Board of Airlines of Great Britain (involves regular travel on a number of airlines in connection with airline work in UK and Europe; occasional free air travel for immediate family in UK and Europe).

Fees for parliamentary advice, (£10,001-£15,000) as part of a wider agreement, and funding of part-time research help.

Barrister at Law.

Underwriting Member of Lloyd's (resigned 31 December 1998). I write lines in the marine, non-marine, aviation and motor markets.

10. Miscellaneous and unremunerated interests

Unpaid adviser to the English Vineyards Association.



TYNAN, Bill (Hamilton, South)

6. Overseas visits

9-12 September 2000, to Gibraltar to attend National Day celebrations. Travel and accommodation paid for by the Gibraltar Government. (Registered 3 November 2000)

2-5 December 2000, to Cyprus to attend the annual Ayios Amvrosios Rally in Nicosia. Travel and accommodation paid for by the Ayios Amvrosios Association (UK). (Registered 8 January 2001)

10. Miscellaneous and unremunerated interests

I have an intern from Christian Action Research and Education for four days per week.

The following Members had no interests to declare:


Mr Tony Cunningham Mr Mark Hendrick
Mr Wayne DavidMr Jim Marshall


Motion made, That Mr Jimmy Hood do take the Chair of the Committee. — (Mr Cunningham.)

Motion made, That Mr Anthony Steen do take the Chair of the Committee. — (Miss McIntosh.)

Question put, That Mr Jimmy Hood do take the Chair of the Committee.

The Committee divided.


Ayes 8Noes 2
Mr Colin BreedMiss Anne McIntosh
Mr Roger CasaleMrLaurence Robertson
Mr Tony Cunningham
Mr Wayne David
Mr Jim Dobbin
Mr Mark Hendrick
Mr Jim Marshall
Mr Bill Tynan

Mr Jimmy Hood accordingly took the Chair.

Ordered, That the Chairman do report his election to the House.

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report, proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1.1 to 51 read and agreed to.

Preamble to Paragraph 52 read as follows:

STATUTE AND FINANCING OF EUROPEAN POLITICAL PARTIES

(22163)
6270/01
COM(00) 898

Draft Council Regulation on the statute and financing of European political parties.


Legal base: Article 308; unanimity
Department: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Basis of consideration: Minister's letter of 16 July 2001
Previous Committee Report: HC 28-x (2000-01), paragraph 7 (28 March 2001)
To be discussed in Council: 8 October 2001 General Affairs Council
Committee's assessment: Politically important
Committee's decision: Cleared

Question put, That the preamble to Paragraph 52 stand part of the Report.

The Committee divided.


Ayes 9Noes 3
Mr Colin BreedMiss Anne McIntosh
Mr Roger CasaleMr Laurence Robertson
Mr Michael Connarty Mr Anthony Steen
Mr Tony Cunningham
Mr Wayne David
Mr Jim Dobbin
Mr Mark Hendrick
Mr Jim Marshall
Mr Bill Tynan

Paragraphs 52.1 to 53 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the First Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Resolved, That the Committee inquire into democracy and accountability in the EU and the role of national parliaments.

Resolved, That the Committee visit Brussels from 21 to 24 October 2001. — (The Chairman.)

Resolved, That the Chairman, two Members and the Clerk attend the XXVth COSAC in Brussels from 3 to 5 October 2001. — (The Chairman.)

Ordered, That the Chairman seek approval of the Speaker for expenditure in connection with the said visits.

Resolved, That the Committee's normal time of meeting be Wednesday at half past Ten o'clock. — (Mr Connarty)

[Adjourned till Wednesday 17 October at half past Ten o'clock.




 
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