Commons European Scrutiny Committee and Lords European Union Committee

No. 8
(Session 2004-05)


MEETING BETWEEN MPs, PEERS AND MEPs

WEDNESDAY 23 MARCH 2005

On Wednesday 23 March members of the European Scrutiny Committee and several departmental select committees of the Commons, members of the House of Lords European Union Committee and MEPs representing UK constituencies will meet informally at Westminster to discuss matters of common interest.  These will include European "neighbourhood policy", new accession to the EU, development aid provided by the EU and the Services Directive.  These informal meetings bringing together UK MEPs and national parliamentarians take place about every six months; this is the fifth, and is the first one to be held in public.  This session will take place at 1.40 pm in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons.

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17 March 2005

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 currently has 15 Members, as follows:

Jimmy Hood MP (Chairman) - Labour - Clydesdale
Richard Bacon MP - Conservative - South Norfolk
Liam Byrne MP - Labour - Birmingham Hodge Hill
William Cash MP - Conservative - Stone
Michael Connarty MP - Labour - Falkirk East
Wayne David MP - Labour - Caerphilly
Jim Dobbin MP - Labour/Co-op - Heywood & Middleton
Nick Harvey MP - Lib Dem - North Devon
David Heathcoat-Amory MP - Conservative - Wells
Sandra Osborne MP - Labour - Ayr
Anne Picking MP - Labour - East Lothian
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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