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Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Lords to be printed 2 February 1999.


CONTENTS

REPORT

A.   GENERAL POLICY QUESTIONS

1.  Support for Structural Adjustment and Debt Relief in Heavily Indebted ACP States: A Community Response to the HIPC Debt Initiative (7158/97)

    Letter from Helen Liddell MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee

2.  Proposed Directive Relating to Special Provisions for Vehicles used for the Carriage of Passengers comprising more than Eight Seats in addition to the Driver's Seat and Amending Directive 70/156/EC (9734/97)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee

    Letter from The Baroness Hayman, Minister for Roads, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

    Letter from Lord Tordoff

    Letter from The Baroness Hayman

    Letter from Lord Tordoff

3.  Proposed Council Regulation (EC) of 18 November creating a   Commission Intervention Mechanism in order to eliminate certain Obstacles to Trade (12881/97 COM(97)619)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee

    Letter from Lord Simon of Highbury, Minister for Trade and Competitiveness in Europe, Department of Trade and Industry

    Letter from Lord Simon of Highbury  

    Letter from Lord Simon of Highbury  

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

4.  Proposal for a Council Directive relating to the Quality of Petrol and Diesel Fuels and Amending Council Directive 93/12/EEC (8827/97), and Amended Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive relating to measures to be taken against Air Pollution by Emissions from Motor Vehicles and Amending Council Directive (70/220/EEC) (8939/97)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from The Baroness Hayman, Minister for Roads, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

    Letter from The Baroness Hayman    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

    Letter from The Baroness Hayman    

    Letter from The Baroness Hayman    

    Letter from Lord Whitty, Minister for Roads, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

5.  EC Financial Regulation: Amendments to Solvency and Capital Adequacy Directives

    Letter from Helen Liddell MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury    

6.  Draft Directive on Advertising for Tobacco Products   (6294/92-COM(92) 196 FINAL)

    Letter from Tessa Jowell MP, Minister of State for Public Health, Department of Health

7.  Extending the Coverage of Regulations (EC) Nos: 3281/94 and 1256/96 concerning the European Union's schemes for Generalised System of Preferences for the benefit of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Lord Clinton-Davis, Minister for Trade, Department of Trade and Industry

8.  International Policy Issues Related to Internet Governance

    Letter from Mrs Barbara Roche MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Small Firms, Trade and Industry, Department of Trade and Industry    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Mrs Barbara Roche MP    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

    Letter from Mrs Barbara Roche MP    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

    Letter from Mrs Barbara Roche MP    

9.  Application of Social Security Schemes to Employed Persons, to Self-Employed Persons, and to members of their families moving within the Community (13485/97)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Keith Bradley MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Social Security, Department of Social Security

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

10.  Draft Decision on the Promotion of European Pathways for work-linked Training including Apprenticeships "EUROPASS" (5208/98)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee  

    Letter from The Baroness Blackstone MP, Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment  

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

11.  Commission Green Paper on Sea Ports and Maritime Infrastructure (13615/97)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Glenda Jackson CBE MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions    

  

12.  Proposal for a Council Decision for adopting a Multiannual Framework Programme for Actions in the Energy Sector (1998-2002) and connected measures (13035/97)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from John Battle MP, Minister of State for Science, Energy and Industry, Department of Trade and Industry    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

    Letter from John Battle MP    

  

13.  Commission Communication entitled "Energy for the future: Renewable Sources of Energy—White Paper for a Community Strategy and Action Plan" (5140/98)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from John Battle MP, Minister of State for Science, Energy and Industry, Department of Trade and Industry    

14.  Second Supplementary Memorandum concerning a proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) amending for the Sixteenth Time Regulation (EEC) No: 3094/86 laying down certain technical measures for the conservation of fishery resources (5971/94)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Elliot Morley MP, Minister for Fisheries and the Countryside, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

15.  Amended Proposal for a Directive on Minimum Requirements for improving the Safety and Health Protection of Workers potentially at risk from Explosive Atmospheres (7388/97)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Alan Meale MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    



16.  Proposals relating to Travel Documents and Residence Permits (11362/97, 11602/97 and 11748/97)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from the Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Home Secretary    

  

17.  Proposal for a Council Regulation establishing new rules on Aid to Shipbuilding (11165/97)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from John Battle MP, Minister of State for Science, Energy and Industry, Department of Trade and Industry    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

    Letter from John Battle MP    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

  

18.  Extension of the Part-time Work Directive (6714/98)

    Letter from Ian McCartney MP, Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

19.  Green Paper on the Protection of Minors and Human Dignity in the Audiovisual and Information Service (12793/97)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from the Rt Hon Chris Smith MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Department for Culture, Media and Sport    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

20.  Kosovo: EC Measures against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY)

    Letter from Derek Fatchett MP, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

    Letter from Doug Henderson MP, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office    

    Letter from the Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

    Letter from the Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP    

    Letter from the Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

    Letter from the Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP    

    Letter from Doug Henderson MP    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

    Letter from Joyce Quin MP, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office    

21.  Deliberate Release into the Environment of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) (6378/98, COM(98)85 Final)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee  

    Letter from Angela Eagle MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions    

22.  Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) amending Regulation (EEC) No: 2075/92 on the Common Organisation of the Market in Raw Tobacco (5733/98)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

23.  Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive amending Directive 64/432/EEC on Health Problems affecting intra-Community Trade in Bovine Animals and Swine (6241/98)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Jeff Rooker MP, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food    

24.  Proposed Regulation laying down special provisions relating to Quality Wines Produced in Specified Regions (6356/98)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Lord Donoughue, Minister for Farming and the Food Industry, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food    

    Letter from Lord Donoughue    

    Letter from Lord Donoughue    

25.  Proposed Directive relating to noise equipment used outdoors (6363/98)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from John Battle MP, Minister of State for Science, Energy and Industry, Department of Trade and Industry    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

    Letter from John Battle MP    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

26.  Proposal for a Council Directive on conditions for the operation of regular ro-ro ferries and high speed passenger craft services in the Community (6344/98)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Glenda Jackson CBE MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

    Letter from Glenda Jackson CBE MP    

27.  Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Decision establishing a general framework for Community activities in favour of consumers (5715/98)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Nigel Griffiths MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Competition and Consumer Affairs, Department of Trade and Industry    

28.  Commission Proposals to extend the scope of EC Regulations 3975/87 and 3976/87 to include aviation services between the Community and Third Countries

    Letter from Glenda Jackson CBE MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

  

29.  Preliminary draft budget of the European Communities for the financial year 1999

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Helen Liddell MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury    

  

30.  Code of Conduct for Computerised Reservation Systems (CRSs) - Report on and Amendment of Council Regulation (EEC) 2299/89

    Letter from the Rt Hon Gavin Strang MP, Minister for Transport, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

  

31.  Agenda 2000: Scrutiny of Future Financing Proposals

    Letter from Helen Liddell MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury    

    Letter from The Rt Hon Lord Barnett, Chairman, Sub-Committee A (Economic and Financial Affairs, Trade and External Relations)    

32.  Undeclared Work (7663/98-COM(98)219)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from the Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Minister for Welfare Reform, Department of Social Security    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

33.  Scrutiny of EMU Documents

    Letter from Helen Liddell MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Helen Liddell MP    

34.  Proposed approval of the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (8097/98)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Ian McCartney MP, Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry    

35.  Air Traffic Management

    Letter from the Rt Hon Gavin Strang MP, Minister for Transport, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions    

36.  Draft Directive on the Taxation of Savings Income (8781/98 COM(98)295 Final)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Dawn Primarolo, Financial Secretary to the Treasury    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

37.  Commission Communication and Proposal for a Decision Setting up a consultation Procedure concerning External Relations in the field of Maritime Transport (6869/97 and 6869/97)

    Letter from Glenda Jackson CBE MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

38.  Commission Proposals on ferry manning and cabotage (9318/98)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Glenda Jackson CBE MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions    

39.  Proposal for a Council regulation (EC) imposing definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of Farmed Atlantic Salmon from Norway (10392/97) and countervailing duty on imports of Farmed Atlantic Salmon originating from Norway (10420/97)

    Letter from Lord Clinton-Davis, Minister for Trade, Department of Trade and Industry    

40.  Proposed Council Directive on a common framework for electronic signatures (9708/98)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Barbara Roche MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Small Firms, Trade and Industry, Department of Trade and Industry    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

    Letter from Barbara Roche MP    

41.  Amended Proposal for a Council Directive on registration documents for motor vehicle and trailers (10955/98)

    Letter from the Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP, Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

42.  Council Directive on admission to the occupation of road haulage operator and road passenger transport operator (10779/98)

    Letter from the Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP, Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from the Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP    

43.  Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) amending Regulation (EC) No: 1221/97 laying down general rules for the application of measures to improve the production and marketing of honey (8774/98)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Elliot Morley, Minister for Fisheries and the Countryside, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

    Letter from Jeff Rooker MP, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food    66

44.  European Initiative for Democracy and Protection of Human Rights

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from the Rt Hon Clare Short MP, Secretary of State, Department for International Development    

45.  Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) fixing, for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks, the total allowable catches for 1999 and certain conditions under which they may be fished

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Elliot Morley MP, Minister for Fisheries and the Countryside, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food    

B.  CASES WHERE EFFECTIVE SCRUTINY HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE

46.  Water Framework Directive (12929/97)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Angela Eagle MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions  

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

47.  Danish Derogation Request (12809/97)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Dawn Primarolo MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury    

48.  Proposal to enable the Council to decide by qualified majority on the principles, priorities and general conditions of the Accession Partnerships (13655/97)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Doug Henderson MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office    

49.  Council Directive on the Burden of Proof in cases of discrimination based on sex

    Letter from the Rt Hon Andrew Smith MP, Minister for Employment, Department for Education and Employment    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

50.  Proposal for a Directive on Connected Telecommunications Equipment and the Mutual Recognition of the Conformity of the Equipment (also known as the Directive on the Mutual Recognition of the Conformity of Radio and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment)

    Letter from Barbara Roche MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Small Firms, Trade and Industry, Department for Trade and Industry    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

51.  Community Tariff Quotas for Certain Processed Agricultural Products (13182/97)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee  

    Letter from Lord Donoughue, Minister for Farming and the Food Industry, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food    

52.  Commission Report on the Rate of Utilization of the new Community Instrument (NCI) (11891/97)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Doug Henderson MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office    

    Letter from Helen Liddell MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury    

53.  Measures taken in response to the European Court of Auditors Report

    Letter from Helen Liddell MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

54.  Proposal for a Council Decision and a Commission Communication on the Safe Use of the Internet (13012/97)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Mrs Barbara Roche MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Small Firms, Trade and Industry, Department of Trade and Industry    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

    Letter from Mrs Barbara Roche MP    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff    

55.  Accession Partnerships

    Letter from Doug Henderson MP, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Doug Henderson MP    

56.  Broad Economic Guidelines

    Letter from Helen Liddell MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from Helen Liddell MP    

57.  Amended Proposal concerning exceptional assistance for the Heavily Indebted ACP Countries (7783/98)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

  

58.  Proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) derogating from Regulation (EEC) No: 1765/92 establishing a support system for producers of certain arable crops as regards the set-aside requirement for the marketing year 1999/2000 (9408/98)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Letter from the Lord Donoughue, Minister for Farming and the Food Industry, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food    

59.  Financing the fixed costs of the System of Managing Technical Assistance of the ACP States and OCT (COM(1998)369 Final)

    Letter from the Rt Hon Clare Short MP, Secretary of State, Department for International Development

60.  Elements of the Union's strategy against high-tech crime (11893/1/98)

    Letter from Kate Hoey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Home Office

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee

    Letter from Kate Hoey MP

    Letter from Kate Hoey MP

61.  Parliament Scrutiny (10636/98)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee

    Letter from Dawn Primarolo MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury

C.  LEGAL AND PROCEDURAL ISSUES

62.  EC Accession to Council of Europe Convention 108 on Data Protection

    Letter from Lord Williams of Mostyn, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Home Office

    Letter from George Howarth MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Home Office

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee

    Letter from George Howarth MP

    Letter from George Howarth MP

63.  Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Decision establishing an action programme to improve awareness of Community law for the Legal Profession (12007/97)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee

    Letter from the Rt Hon the Lord Irvine of Lairg, Lord Chancellor

    Letter from Lord Tordoff

    Letter from the Rt Hon the Lord Irvine of Lairg, Lord Chancellor

64.  Proposed Directive on Harmonisation of Clinical Trials (10607/97, COM(97)369 final)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee

    Letter from The Baroness Jay of Paddington, Minister of State, Department of Health

    Letter from Lord Tordoff

65.  Proposed Directive on the Legal Protection of Designs (12813/97)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee

    Letter from Ian McCartney MP, Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry

66.  Draft EU Convention on Driving Disqualifications

    Letter from Joyce Quin MP, Minister of State, Home Office

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee

67.  Draft Council Non-Paper on Justice and Home Affairs aspects of Enlargement of the European Union and Paper on Openness in the Third Pillar

    Letter from Joyce Quin MP, Minister of State, Home Office

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee

    Letter from Lord Tordoff

    Letter from Joyce Quin MP

    Letter from Joyce Quin MP, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    Letter from Lord Tordoff

68.  Proposed Protocol to the Convention of the Use of Information Technology for Customs Purposes and Proposal on the Delimitation to be captured on the Databases

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee

    Letter from Dawn Primarolo, Financial Secretary to the Treasury

D.  CORRESPONDENCE ABOUT COMMITTEE REPORTS

69.  Enhancing Parliamentary Scrutiny of the Third Pillar (6th Report, Session 1997-98)

    Letter from the Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Secretary of State for the Home Department    

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

70.  Community Water Policy (8th Report, Session 1997-98)

    Memorandum from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions    

71.  The Financial Consequences of Enlargement (10th Report, Session 1997-98)

    Memorandum from HM Treasury    

72.  Europol: Joint Supervisory Body (13th Report, Session 1997-98)

    Letter from the Rt Hon Joyce Quin MP, Minister of State, Home Office    

73.  Blood Alcohol Levels for Drivers (16th Report, Session 1997-98)

    Letter from the Rt Hon Gavin Strang MP, Minister for Transport, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions    

74.  Sustainable Landfill (17th Report, Session 1997-98)

    Memorandum from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions    

75.  CAP Reform in Agenda 2000—The Transition to Competition: Measures for Rural Development and the Rural Environment (18th Report, Session 1997-98)

    Memorandum from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food    

76.  The EC Chocolate Directive (19th Report, Session 1997-98)

    Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee    

    Speech by Lord Donoughue, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food    

77.  Acquired Rights Revisited (22nd Report, Session 1997-98)

    Letter from Ian McCartney MP, Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry    

78.  Aid to Shipbuilding (23rd Report, Session 1997-98)

    Letter from John Battle MP, Minister of State for Science, Energy and Industry, Department of Trade and Industry    

79.  The European Central Bank: Will it Work? (24th Report, Session 1997-98)

    Letter from the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer    

80.  The Court of First Instance: Single Judge (25th Report, Session 1997-98)

    Memorandum from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office    

81.  The Community Patent and the Patent System in Europe (26th Report, Session 1997-98)

    Letter from Dr Kim Howells MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Competition and Consumer Affairs, Department of Trade and Industry    

82.  Student Mobility in the European Community (27th Report, Session 1997-98)

    Memorandum from the Department for Education and Employment    

83.  Europol: Third Country Rules (29th Report, Session 1997-98)

    Letter from Kate Hoey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Home Office    

84.  The Reform of the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund (30th Report, Session 1997-98)

    Memorandum from the Department of Trade and Industry    

85.  Incorporating the Schengen Acquis into the European Union (31st Report, Session 1997-98)

    Memorandum from the Home Office    

86.  Airline Competition (32nd Report, Session 1997-98)

    Memorandum from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions


 
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