Select Committee on European Union Forty-Ninth Report


ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION THROUGH CRIMINAL LAW (12738/02)

Letter from the Chairman to Mr Bob Ainsworth MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Home Office

The amended proposal was considered by Sub-Committee E (Law and Institutions) at its meeting on 4 December. The Committee was content to clear the proposal from scrutiny on the basis of the statement in your Explanatory Memorandum that the Directive had been blocked and would not be adopted. The Explanatory Memorandum also refers to the Framework Decision on the protection of the environment through criminal law "being adopted at Council in the near future". It is some time since the Committee last considered that proposal and we would be grateful if you could confirm that no material changes have been made since the text was examined in March 2001. If a new text has to be deposited for scrutiny we expect it (together with a new Explanatory Memorandum) to be supplied promptly and in good time so as to permit its full examination by Parliament.

5 December 2002

Letter from Bob Ainsworth MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, to the Chairman

  I am writing in response to your letter of 5 December regarding the amended proposal for a Directive on the Protection of the Environment through Criminal Law.

  In your letter you asked for confirmation that there have been no changes to the draft Framework Decision on the Protection of the Environment through Criminal Law since March 2001. I can confirm that there have been no material amendments made to the text since the Committees last examined it. We expect that the Framework Decision will be adopted early in the Greek Presidency.

8 January 2003


 
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