SUPPLY CHAIN SECURITY (6935/06)
Letter from the Chairman to Rt Hon Alistair
Darling MP, Secretary of State, Department for Transport
Sub-Committee B considered this document and
your Explanatory Memorandum at its meeting on 24 April 2006.
We note the Government's concern over subsidiarity
issues, and its further concerns as set out in paras 12-18 of
your Explanatory Memorandum. We look forward to receiving a full
Regulatory Impact Assessment. In your Explanatory Memorandum you
mention that a presentation on this Regulation was scheduled for
the Council Meeting on 27 March and that you anticipated that
a Working Group would be set up following the meeting. Can you
now confirm whether this occurred? Can you advise us of any timetable
which was agreed?
We will maintain scrutiny on this proposal at
25 April 2006
Letter from Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP,
Secretary of State, Department for Transport to the Chairman
Thank you for your letter of 25 April to my
predecessor Alistair Darling, in which you maintained the scrutiny
reserve on the above subject.
I note that you will maintain scrutiny at this
stage, and thought that you would wish to know that the timetable
for negotiations on this dossier has still not been established.
As requested, I can confirm that at the Transport Council on 27
March the Commission gave a presentation on the Regulation, which
the Commissioner explained would be a voluntary system to provide
a quality label of "secure operators". As you noted
from the EM, we had expected that a Working Group would be established
after the Council to develop the proposal. The Austrian Presidency
has not scheduled any Working Group time for discussion of this
proposal, however; I therefore now expect it to be taken forward
by the Finnish Presidency in the second half of 2006. The European
Parliament is still in the early stages of dealing with this dossier,
and has also not yet set a timetable to consider it.
The Department will begin work on a Regulatory
Impact Assessment shortly, which will of course be submitted to
you as soon as it is complete. I will also keep you informed of
the timetable in both Transport Council and the European Parliament,
and keep you updated as the negotiations progress.
26 May 2006
Letter from the Chairman to Rt Hon Douglas
Thank you for your letter of 26 May. Sub-Committee
B considered your letter at its meeting on 12 June.
We were grateful to you for confirming the timetable
for the proposed Regulation as it stands, and await the Regulatory
Impact Assessment which you mention. As the proposal continues
to raise the issue of subsidiarity, we will continue to maintain
scrutiny on this proposal.
15 June 2006