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European Scrutiny - Thirtieth Report

Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 22 May 2002.


CONTENTS

  

SUMMARY OF THE REPORT


Terms of Reference

REPORT

EUROPEAN SCRUTINY IN THE COMMONS

INTRODUCTION

PART 1: THE EUROPEAN SCRUTINY SYSTEM

Strengths and weaknesses

PART 2: AIMS AND BASIC PRINCIPLES OF THE SCRUTINY SYSTEM

Aims

Basic principles of the scrutiny system

(1) A specialised committee as opposed to mainstreaming European matters among the departmental select committees (DSCs).

(2) Concentrating on documents as opposed to Council meetings.

(3) Determining the importance of documents rather than their merits

(4) Examining all documents rather than a selected few

(5) Separate scrutiny systems in Commons and Lords

PART 3: STRENGTHENING THE SCRUTINY SYSTEM

(1) Meetings in public

(2) The operation of the scrutiny system

Delays in providing documents and information

Scrutiny reserve overrides

The Commission's Annual Work Programme

Fridges

(3) Pre- and post-Council scrutiny

(4) Debates

European Standing Committees

Other types of debate on EU documents

DSCs and the EU

General debates on EU matters

(5) Relationship between the scrutiny process and outside organisations and individuals

Information on the Internet

Meetings in public

Annual report

Evidence to the Committee

PART 4: OTHER ASPECTS OF SCRUTINY

House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union

The devolved institutions

Relations with MEPs

Reform of COSAC

National Parliament Office

Direct relations with the Commission

Streamlining the system

Transposition and implementation of EU legislation in the UK

CONCLUSION

APPENDIX

PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE RELATING TO THE REPORT

 


 
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