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European Union Committee

Social Policy and Consumer Affairs (Sub-Committee G)

Following the Dissolution of Parliament on 12 April, all select committees have ceased to exist unless or until the House reappoints them following the election on 6 May. There are no Chairmen or Members of Committees. The information on these pages refers to Committees and their work before Parliament was dissolved. If there are Committee reports to which Government Responses are outstanding, these may be responded to in the next Parliament.




The EU Social Policy and Consumer Affairs Sub-Committee, chaired by Baroness Howarth of Breckland, is one of the seven sub-committees of the House of Lords European Union Select Committee .

The primary purpose of the Select Committee and its Sub-Committees is to scrutinise EU law in draft before it is agreed in the EU, to expose difficulties and propose improvements. This is carried out by each Sub-Committee through Correspondence with Ministers , evidence sessions with Ministers or officials and inquiries.

The Sub-Committee conducts inquiries based either on the scrutiny of EU documents (documents currently being scrutinised are listed in the Progress of Scrutiny ) or on subjects chosen by the Sub-Committee from within the fields of health, education, employment, health and safety at work and cultural issues, as well as consumer protection matters in fields such as personal finance and food safety. It invites written and oral evidence from government departments, EU institutions and other interested bodies and individuals, in order to consider a wide range of points of view before reaching conclusions. Reports range from major reviews of significant policy issues to shorter analyses of specific legislative or policy proposals.

Uncorrected Oral Evidence | Corrected Oral Evidence | Written Evidence




Latest news

European Social Fund Inquiry

The Committee's report Making it work: the European Social Fund was published at 11.00am on Tuesday 30 March.




Recent Reports

- Government Response to Report: EU Consumer Rights Directive: getting it right

- Commission Response to Report EU Consumer Rights Directive: getting it right

- Government Response to Report: Healthcare across EU borders (PDF)

- European Commission Response to Report: Healthcare across EU borders (PDF)

- Government Response to Report: Increasing the supply of donor organs within the EU (PDF)

- EuropeanCommission Response to Report: Increasing supply of donor organs within the EU (PDF)

- Government Response to Report: Protecting the consumers of timeshare products (PDF)

- European Commission Response to Report: Protecting the consumers of timeshare products (PDF)

- Government Response to Report: Proposal to establish the European Institute of Technology

- Commission Response to Report: Proposal to establish the European Institute of Technology

- Government Response to Report: Modernising EU labour law (PDF)

- Commission Response to Report: Modernising EU labour law


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