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Outstanding debates - European Scrutiny

The European Scrutiny Committee has the power to recommend documents for debate.

Debates recommended by the European Scrutiny Committee take place either in a European Committee or on the floor of the House. Under the scrutiny reserve resolution passed by the House, Ministers should not vote in the Council of Ministers on proposals which the European Scrutiny Committee has not cleared or which are awaiting debate. Where a proposal has been debated in European Committee, the motion must then be put to the House, the following day where it is taken without debate. A proposal is cleared when the motion is agreed to by the House.


European Committees are ad hoc Committees with no permanent membership. They are set up to debate a specific proposal which has been referred to them by the European Scrutiny Committee. Transcripts of European Committee debates can are available on the European Committee debates page.