Select Committee on European Union Forty-Ninth Report


Letter from the Chairman to David Jamieson MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport

  Thank you for your Explanatory Memorandum dated 28 October, and the Supplementary Explanatory Memorandum dated 21 November, which Sub-Committee B considered at its meeting on 2 December.

  We note the significant differences between the Council's and the Parliament's text. We note that the Council's agreed text serves UK national interests better than does the European Parliament's, and that the Transport Council has been notified of the Presidency's intention to adopt a "Common Position" and to take the Directive as an "A" point at the Transport Council on 5 December.

  We would be grateful if you could notify us of the outcome of the European Parliament's Second Reading on 29 January 2003. We understand that the Council Members intend to hold to the Council text so that if the European Parliament's text remains significantly different after the Second Reading, the proposal will enter the conciliation process. This being the case, we are content to lift the Scrutiny reserve on this document.

4 December 2002

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