41. AMENDED EUROPEAN UNION PROPOSAL
FOR A HARMONISED VEHICLE REGISTRATION DOCUMENTEXPLANATORY
MEMORANDUM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES AND THEIR TRAILERS (10955/98)
Letter from the Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP,
Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and
the Regions, to Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee
I have today signed an Explanatory Memorandum
(EM) for the above document. This letter explains why I have not
reintroduced a UK Parliamentary Scrutiny Reserve.
The original proposal was the subject of EM
8840/97, submitted by the Department on 30 June 1997. Your Committee
referred this earlier EM to sub Committee B on 7 July 1997, who
cleared it by letter on 30 July 1997. Member States reached agreement
on the earlier proposals at the Transport Council of December
1997, pending receipt of the European Parliament's opinion.
The latest proposals incorporate two relatively
minor amendments which are considered acceptable to the UKrequirements
for the vehicle engine number to be included and for the Commission
to provide models of all registration documents to Member States.
The Commission working group considered the European Parliament's
first reading amendments and the Commission's amended proposals
on 22 September. The Commission accepted the two amendments, but
a number of Member States had concerns about the inclusion of
engine numbers. As a compromise, it was therefore agreed at the
meeting that this item would be an optional requirement, UKREP
entered a Parliamentary scrutiny reserve, but the Presidency sought
a lifting of this before 30 September so that the proposals could
be agreed as "A" points at the 1 October Transport Council.
Whilst it is unfortunate that it has not been
possible to obtain scrutiny clearance, it is felt that the importance
of the measure for enforcement and combating crime is such that
it is sensible for the Government to confirm its support on 1
October. I hope you will accept my explanation.
25 September 1998
Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of
the Committee, to the Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP, Minister of State,
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
Your Explanatory Memorandum and letter dated
25 September on the above proposal were considered by Sub-Committee
B at its meeting last week. In your letter you gave your reasons
for not reintroducing the scrutiny reserve on this proposal and
indicated that the proposal was scheduled for agreement as an
"A" point at the 1 October Transport Council. Perhaps
you could confirm whether such agreement was reached.
I would be grateful if you could define what
is meant by "trailers" in this proposal: for example,
would the definition include caravans?
I look forward to your reply. In the meantime,
this letter lifts the scrutiny reserve.
26 November 1998