Select Committee on European Union Forty-Ninth Report


Letter from the Chairman of the Committee to David Jamieson MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions

  Thank you for your Supplementary Explanatory Memorandum dated 17 April which Sub-Committee B considered at its meeting on Monday 29 April.

  As you noted in your SEM, we have already lifted the Scrutiny reserve on this document.

  We share your dismay at the way in which this subject has been advanced both in the Transport Council and in the European Parliament. Given the requirement to observe Qualified Majority Voting (QMV), it was, as you predicted earlier, unlikely that the UK would be able to muster sufficient support in the Transport Council to change the basic thrust of this Directive.

  We hope, however, it will be possible to hold the Commission to the suggestion that it should review the application of this Directive 18 months after it comes into force and to examine the possibility of introducing Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA).

1 May 2002

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