European Scrutiny Committee

No. 05
(Session 2005-06)




ORAL EVIDENCE FROM DOUGLAS ALEXANDER MP, MINISTER FOR EUROPE, FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, WEDNESDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2006

On Wednesday 8 February the European Scrutiny Committee will take evidence in public from Douglas Alexander MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office on matters relating to the UK's European Union Presidency.  This evidence session will take place at 2.30 pm in Committee Room 19.

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2 February 2006

Note for Editors

The main purpose of the European Scrutiny Committee is to report to the House on the legal and political importance of each EU document and to determine which EU documents are debated.  Such debates take place either in a European Standing Committee or on the Floor of the House.  The Committee normally reports weekly on a range of documents when the House is sitting.  The Committee also monitors business in the Council of Ministers, especially the activities of UK Ministers in the Council, and produces occasional reports on wider EU developments. 

The Committee has 16 Members, as follows:

Jimmy Hood MP (Chairman) - Labour - Lanark and Hamilton East
Richard Bacon MP - Conservative - South Norfolk
David Borrow MP - Labour - South Ribble
William Cash MP - Conservative - Stone
Michael Connarty MP - Labour - Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Wayne David MP - Labour - Caerphilly
Jim Dobbin MP - Labour/Co-op - Heywood & Middleton
Michael Gove MP - Conservative - Surrey Heath
Nia Griffith MP - Labour - Llanelli
David Hamilton MP - Labour - Midlothian
David Heathcoat-Amory MP - Conservative - Wells
Sharon Hodgson MP - Labour - Gateshead East & Washington West
Lindsay Hoyle MP - Labour - Chorley
Angus Robertson MP - SNP - Moray
Anthony Steen MP - Conservative - Totnes
Richard Younger Ross MP - Lib Dem - Teignbridge

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