Scottish Affairs Committee: Press Notice

Announcement 30 of Session 2007-08

21 July 2008

The Scottish Affairs Committee would like to announce it is undertaking a new inquiry:

Scotland and the European Union

The Scottish Affairs Committee has agreed to undertake a substantial new inquiry, to start in the autumn, into Scotland and the European Union.

Responsibility for representing Scotland’s interests in EU negotiations rests with the UK Government, including for matters where policy within the UK is devolved. The UK Government has given a commitment to include the devolved administrations in decision-making and a number of Scottish institutions now have a presence in Brussels. This inquiry will examine co-ordination between the UK Government and Scottish Executive in representing Scotland’s interests to the EU as well as Scotland’s interface with individual EU institutions.  

The inquiry will focus on:

• the representation of Scotland’s interests in EU policy making;
• the interface between individual European Union and Scottish institutions;
• the regional dimension of the EU;
• the operation of EU structural funds.

The Committee welcomes written evidence from interested parties on any, or all, aspects of the inquiry by 13 October 2008. The Committee will be arranging a series of public oral evidence sessions, and details of these will be announced in due course.

The Committee will also examine other areas of interest that are raised during the course of its inquiry.


Requirements for written submissions

The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines stated below by 13 October 2008.

Each submission should:

• be no more than 3,000 words in length;
• begin with a short summary in bullet point form;
• have numbered paragraphs;
• be in Word format or a rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible.

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] and the subject marked as “Scotland and the European Union”.

A contact name, telephone number and postal address must be provided.  For Data Protection purposes we ask that this information be included in the body of the email rather than the attached written submission itself. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from, whether an individual or an organisation. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at: www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm.

Please also note that:

• Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included.
• Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organization submitting it is specifically authorised.
• Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives.  If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
• Select Committees are unable to investigate individual cases.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Committee Membership: Mr Mohammad Sarwar MP (Lab, Glasgow Central) (Chairman), Alistair Carmichael MP (Lib Dem, Orkney and Shetland), Ms Katy Clark MP (Lab, North Ayrshire and Arran), Mr Ian Davidson MP (Lab/Co-operative, Glasgow South West), Mr Jim Devine MP (Lab, Livingston), Jim McGovern MP (Lab, Dundee West), Mr John MacDougall MP (Lab, Glenrothes), Mr Angus MacNeil MP (SNP, Na h-Eileanan an Iar), David Mundell MP (Con, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale), Mr Charles Walker MP (Con, Broxbourne) and  Mr Ben Wallace MP (Con, Lancaster and Wyre)

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