Select Committee on European Union Progress of Scrutiny Report


Select Committee on the European Union


PROGRESS OF SCRUTINY

This document records the decisions taken on European documents sent to the Committee for scrutiny. It does not give full details of the Committee's current work including meetings, which are to be found in the Weekly Bulletin of Select Committees, which is available from the Committee Office - see enquiry number below.

THE DOCUMENT IS DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS:

PART I: DOCUMENTS CURRENTLY UNDER SCRUTINY IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS

List of documents which have been referred to the Select Committee or one or more of the Sub-Committees, and which remain under scrutiny.

PART II: DOCUMENTS WHICH HAVE CLEARED SCRUTINY IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS

(i)  List of documents which have been cleared from further scrutiny by the Chairman of the Committee on 3 and 10 June.

(ii)  List of documents which been considered by the Select Committee or one or more Sub-Committee(s) and cleared from further scrutiny. A note in bold type indicates the action (if any) taken on each document.

ENQUIRIES

This document is prepared in the Committee Office, House of Lords. Enquiries relating to this document and general enquiries about the work of the European Union Select Committee and its Sub-Committees should be addressed to:

Mr Shaun Connor

Committee Office

House of Lords
London

SW1A 0PW

Tel: 020 7219 5791

On Monday 6th December 1999, the House agreed a Scrutiny Reserve Resolution. The effect of this Resolution is that the Government should not agree in the Council of Ministers to any proposal on which parliamentary scrutiny has not been completed. The text of the Resolution is:

"(1) No Minister of the Crown should give agreement in the Council to any proposal for European Community legislation or for a common strategy, joint action or common position under Title V or a common position, framework decision, decision or convention under Title VI of the Treaty on European Union—

(a) which is still subject to scrutiny (that is, on which the European Union Committee has not completed its scrutiny); and

(b) on which the European Union Committee has made a report to the House for debate, but on which the debate has not yet taken place.

(2) In this Resolution, any reference to agreement to a proposal includes—

(a) agreement to a programme, plan or recommendation for European Community legislation;

(b) political agreement;

(c) in the case of a proposal on which the Council acts in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 251 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (co-decision), agreement to a common position, to an act in the form of a common position incorporating amendments proposed by the European Parliament, and to a joint text; and

(d) in the case of a proposal on which the Council acts in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 252 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (co-operation), agreement to a common position.

(3) The Minister concerned may, however, give agreement to a proposal which is still subject to scrutiny or which is awaiting debate in the House—

(a) if he considers that it is confidential, routine or trivial or is substantially the same as a proposal on which scrutiny has been completed;

(b) if the European Union Committee has indicated that agreement need not be withheld pending completion of scrutiny or the holding of the debate.

(4) The Minister concerned may also give agreement to a proposal which is still subject to scrutiny or awaiting debate in the House if he decides that for special reasons agreement should be given; but he should explain his reasons—

(a) in every such case, to the European Union Committee at the first opportunity after reaching his decision; and

(b) in the case of a proposal awaiting debate in the House, to the House at the opening of the debate on the Committee's Report.

(5) In relation to any proposal which requires adoption by unanimity, abstention shall, for the purposes of paragraph (4), be treated as giving agreement."


 
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