10. DRAFT READMISSION AGREEMENT
Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of
the Committee, to Kate Hoey MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary
of State, Home Office
Sub-Committee F considered this document at
its meeting yesterday. The Sub-Committee decided to maintain the
document under scrutiny, and are seeking the views of the following
organisations: JUSTICE, ILPA, and the Immigration Advisory Service.
I will write again when the Sub-Committee has
considered these views. In the meantime. I would be grateful if
you could keep me informed of any developments on this proposal.
The Sub-Committee asked me to raise one particular
question with you. That is whether the Government has consulted
the Data Protection Registrar on Article 9.
17 December 1998
Letter from Kate Hoey MP, Parliamentary
Under-Secretary of State, Home Office, to Lord Tordoff, Chairman
of the Committee
Thank you for informing me in your letter of
17 December that the Sub-Committee would seek the views of JUSTICE,
ILPA and the IAS on the above draft Agreement.
We will, of course, let you know of any significant
developments on the proposal.
You also asked whether the Home Office had consulted
the Data Protection Registrar in connection with Article 9 of
the document. As discussion of this document is at a very early
stage, it has not been thought appropriate to do so. However,
we do intend to consult the Registrar on the basis of the next
available revised text.
I should however indicate to the Sub-Committee
that present expectations are that such a readmission agreement
is unlikely to be used before the entry into force of the Amsterdam
Treaty. At that stage, readmission will be an issue included in
the First Pillar Free Movement Chapter, to which Community rules
of data protection will apply. In accordance with its Protocol,
the United Kingdom will at that stage be able to decide whether
this is a measure in which it would wish to participate.
15 January 1999