European Scrutiny Committee Press Notice 8

25 June 2009

ORAL EVIDENCE FROM:

€ LORD BACH, PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR JUSTICE, WEDNESDAY 1 JULY 2009

€ DAVID MILIBAND MP, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, THURSDAY 2 JULY 2009

The European Scrutiny Committee will be holding two public evidence sessions.

On Wednesday 1 July at 3.30pm in Committee Room 19, Palace of Westminster, it will question Lord Bach about the recent scrutiny performance of the Ministry of Justice, and in particular the absence of an opportunity for effective scrutiny of the recent Directive on ship source pollution.

On Thursday 2 July at 10.30am in Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster, it will take evidence from the Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon David Miliband MP, about the Government's approach to the timing of and preconditions for Croatian accession to the European Union. The Foreign Secretary will also be asked about the attempt at the recent European Council meeting to provide "legal guarantees" to meet Irish concerns in advance of Ireland's second referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon.

For further information please contact Alex Paterson (contact details above).

FURTHER INFORMATION:

1. Committee Membership is as follows: Michael Connarty MP (Chairman), Labour, Mr Adrian Bailey MP, Labour, Mr David S Borrow MP, Labour, Mr William Cash MP, Conservative, Mr James Clappison MP, Conservative, Ms Katy Clark MP, Labour, Jim Dobbin MP, Labour/Co-op, Mr Greg Hands MP, Conservative, Mr David Heathcoat-Amory MP, Conservative, Keith Hill MP, Labour, Kelvin Hopkins MP, Labour, Mr Lindsay Hoyle MP, Labour, Mr Bob Laxton MP, Labour, Angus Robertson MP, SNP, Mr Anthony Steen MP, Conservative, Richard Younger Ross MP, Lib Dem

2. The Committee's report on the ministerial correspondence on the subject of EU Enlargement: Bulgaria and Romania, after which it called for evidence from the Foreign Secretary, is at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmselect/cmeuleg/19-xiv/19iv08.htm

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