European Scrutiny in the House of Commons

Status: Inquiry concluded

At the request of the European Scrutiny Committee, the Procedure Committee is considering proposals for reform of European scrutiny in the House of Commons.

The proposals are contained in the European Scrutiny Committee’s report Reforming European Scrutiny in the House of Commons, which is available on the European Scrutiny Committee's website.

The Procedure Committee is focussing on the ESC’s proposals relating to European Committees, procedures on the floor of the House, and European oral question time.

Public evidence sessions have been held with two panels of Members of Parliament. The transcripts of those sessions are available below.
Further information on this inquiry will appear on this page in due course.


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