ORAL EVIDENCE FROM RT HON PATRICIA HEWITT, MP ON RESPONSIBILITY FOR COMPETITION MATTERS IN THE EU'S DRAFT CONSTITUTIONAL TREATY
WEDNESDAY 16 JUNE 2004
Wednesday 16 June the European Scrutiny Committee will take evidence in public from the Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on the proposal in the draft Treaty concerning exclusive competence for the Union in competition matters.
This evidence session will take place at 10.30 am in Committee Room No. 19 on the Upper Committee Corridor, House of Commons.
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14 June 2004
Note for Editors
The draft constitutional treaty was drawn up by the Convention on the Future of Europe, which consisted of government representatives, national parliamentarians, MEPs and members of the European Commission, and was chaired by Giscard d'Estaing. It is being considered by an Inter-Governmental Conference (IGC), which began in October 2003. The IGC consists of the Heads of State and Government of the countries of the European Union. It will be the IGC which makes the final decisions on the draft constitutional treaty, subject to national ratification.
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 15 Members, as follows:
Jimmy Hood MP (Chairman) - Labour - Clydesdale
Richard Bacon MP - Conservative - South Norfolk
William Cash MP - Conservative - Stone
Michael Connarty MP - Labour - Falkirk East
Wayne David MP - Labour - Caerphilly
Terry Davis MP - Labour - Birmingham Hodge Hill
Jim Dobbin MP - Labour/Co-op - Heywood & Middleton
Nick Harvey MP - Lib Dem - North Devon
David Heathcoat-Amory MP - Conservative - Wells
Mark Hendrick MP - Labour - Preston
Sandra Osborne MP - Labour - Ayr
Angus Robertson MP - SNP - Moray
John Robertson MP - Labour - Glasgow Anniesland
Anthony Steen MP - Conservative - Totnes
Bill Tynan MP - Labour - Hamilton South
A motion to replace Mark Hendrick by Anne Picking (Labour - East Lothian) is on the House's Order Paper today.
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