Select Committee on European Scrutiny Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witness (Questions 220 - 222)



  220. I was not wanting to get into the argument of whether Scotland is a nation or Bavaria is or is not. The issue is about: there are parts of the European Union which are clearly defined and have legislative powers, many of which are clearly within the remit also of the European Union. Regardless of whether they are stateless nations or not, the issue is of whether they should or should not have a defined different status within the EU.
  (Mr Kirkhope) I am not trying to avoid your question but I do think that primarily this is a matter for the Government and the parliament of the United Kingdom to make a decision as to what exactly is the status of any part or constituent part of the kingdom.

Mr Davis

  221. I am interested in your views because you are unusual in that not only have you been a Member of the House of Commons and also a Member of the European Parliament but also a Minister, so you have seen it from that angle, and presumably you attended meetings in Brussels as a Minister. I am interested in your views about how you think the House of Commons could improve its scrutiny. I am not going to ask you to speak off the top of your head today, and I realise you are very busy with the Convention, but we have had papers from some of your colleagues and if you could find some time to prepare a paper on how you think the House of Commons could improve his scrutiny I would find that very helpful.
  (Mr Kirkhope) I do not claim to have fantastic answers and perhaps some of the other people who are submitting papers will have, but I did say when I started that I intended, if it was all right with this Committee, to submit a short paper, perhaps touching on some of the things that I have been talking about and you have asked me about today—there may be one or two points that I have not mentioned. I would be delighted to incorporate into that perhaps one or two comments on that point, if that would be all right.

  Mr Davis: Thank you very much.


  222. Timothy, thank you very much. It has been very interesting, as we expected. You are obviously enjoying your time out here in Brussels and I wish you well in your work on the Convention.
  (Mr Kirkhope) Thank you very much indeed.

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