Select Committee on European Communities Report


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, to the Rt Hon Chris Smith MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

  Sub-Committee F of the Select Committee on the European Communities considered this document at their meeting last week.

  The Sub-Committee asked me to write to you saying they are content to clear the Document on the understanding that the problem with the legal base will be resolved by the Council and the Commission.

  I wonder whether you would confirm whether it is your understanding that the Council and the Commission will seek to resolve the problem of the legal base before the proposal is put to the Council for agreement.

6 April 1998

Letter from the Rt Hon Chris Smith MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, to Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee

  Thank you for your letter of 6 April.

  Following the submission of my Explanatory Memorandum on this Document, a Council Working Group considered the text of the Commission's draft Recommendation in detail. Amendments were made to the text during this process and parallel discussions between the UK (as Presidency), the European Commission, the General Secretariat and the Legal Service of the Council. The effect of these amendments was to place a greater emphasis on strengthening the competitiveness of Community industry. This would be achieved by eliminating the obstacles constituted by the different levels of protection afforded in the various Member States to certain general interests, including the protection of minors.

  I attach a copy of the Council Legal Service's observations on this matter, together with the revised text of the Recommendation which the Audiovisual/Culture Council will be invited to adopt on 28 May (not printed). I believe the present text is an improvement on the original Commission proposal, and serves the UK's interests and those of the Community as a whole.

21 May 1998

Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee, to the Rt Hon Chris Smith MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

  Thank you very much for your letter of 21 May enclosing a copy of the Council Legal Service's observations and the revised text of the Recommendation which the Audiovisual/Culture Council will be invited to adopt on 28 May.

  We are very grateful to you for keeping us informed.

10 June 1998


 
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