TRANS-EUROPEAN ROAD NETWORK (5207/03)
Letter from the Chairman to Mr David Jamieson
Thank you for your Explanatory Memorandum dated
5 February 2003 which Sub-Committee B considered at its meeting
on 17 February.
It is understandable that the Commission should
want to harmonise minimum safety standards in tunnels, but we
have two major concerns about this particular proposal:
the erosion of the subsidiarity principlewhich
you have highlighted in paragraph 15 of your EM; and
the question of costswhich
you deal with in paragraphs 16-18.
Like you, we think that legislation of this
sort must be shown to be both practical and proportionate. Because
the costs incurred will, as the proposal blithely states, be borne
by the Member States, it would be useful to know whether or not
the Government accepts the results of the Commission's cost benefit
study carried out by ICF Consulting Limited.
We note that you have promised a regulatory
impact assessment (RIA), which would examine in more detail the
potential costs and benefits of the proposal as they apply to
the United Kingdom. This being so, the Scrutiny reserve on this
document is maintained at least until the RIA is submitted.
20 February 2003