Letter from Lord Tordoff to Barbara Roche
As you will recall the draft Convention has
been the subject of an inquiry and Report by the Select Committee
and the Committee has corresponded with you and your predecessor
on this matter on a number of occasions. Sub-Committee E (Law
and Institutions) is undertaking further work on the proposal.
We have recently received detailed comments
from Statewatch on a number of Articles of the draft Convention.
I enclose a copy of their submission. The Committee would welcome
your reactions to the points made by Statewatch.
I understand that the draft Convention may be
on the agenda of the forthcoming Justice and Home Affairs Council.
It would therefore be helpful if you could let me have your response
as soon as possible in order that the Committee's scrutiny of
the proposal can, if possible, be completed in good time.
I am sending a copy of this letter to the Chairman
and Clerk of the European Scrutiny Committee in the House of Commons.
15 February 2000