European Scrutiny Committee

No. 17
(Session 2002-03)




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CONVENTION ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE AND THE ROLE OF NATIONAL PARLIAMENTS

PUBLICATION OF REPORT

The European Scrutiny Committee today publishes a report on The Convention on the Future of Europe and the Role of National Parliaments.

The report follows up proposals made earlier by the Committee on democracy and accountability in the EU, and highlights the more significant proposals in the draft constitutional treaty produced by the Convention.  It also emphasises that, because of weaknesses in the Convention method,  the Convention's proposals must be examined carefully by governments and national parliaments.

The summary of the Report is attached.

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16 June 2003

Notes 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.  Under the House's scrutiny reserve resolution, Ministers should not agree to EU proposals until the Committee has completed its consideration of them, or any debate it has recommended has taken place.  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 - Clydesdale
Richard Bacon MP - Conservative - South Norfolk
Colin Breed MP - Lib Dem - Cornwall South East
William Cash MP - Conservative - Stone
Michael Connarty MP - Labour - Falkirk East
Tony Cunningham MP - Labour - Workington
Wayne David MP - Labour - Caerphilly
Terry Davis MP - Labour - Birmingham Hodge Hill
Jim Dobbin MP - Labour/Co-op - Heywood & Middleton
Mark Hendrick MP - Labour - Preston
Jim Marshall MP - Labour - Leicester South
Anne McIntosh MP - Conservative - Vale of York
Angus Robertson MP - SNP - Moray
John Robertson MP - Labour - Glasgow Anniesland
Anthony Steen MP - Conservative - Totnes
Bill Tynan MP - Labour - Hamilton South

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