Call for Evidence
The Call for Evidence was sent to a small, targeted
number of individuals and institutions
The Constitution Committee have been appointed "to
examine the constitutional implications of all public bills coming
before the House; and to keep under review the operation of the
The Committee have decided to conduct a short inquiry
into the proposed constitutional Treaty drawn up by the Convention
on the Future of Europe.
The Committee will be pleased to receive written
submissions which address the following questions:
1. To what extent will the proposed European
Constitution, if implemented, affect the constitution of the United
2. Which of the articles in the draft Treaty
have particularly significant constitutional implications for
the United Kingdom;
3. What would the constitutional effect of the
implementation of those articles be; and
4. What work has been done to evaluate the effect
of any constitutional changes.
It is envisaged that this inquiry will be conducted
largely on paper, and it is unlikely that those who submit written
evidence will be called to present oral evidence.
The proposed Treaty has already been the subject
of a number of reports by the European Union Committee of the
House of Lords. The Constitution Committee does not intend to
duplicate their work, nor to take evidence on the merits of articles
in the draft Treaty except insofar as they raise issues of principle
affecting a principal part of the constitution of the United Kingdom.