EU Committee questions Minister for Europe

14 January 2014

The House of Lords EU Committee will hold a double evidence session with Minister for Europe David Lidington MP covering conclusions of the December European Council and then the Committee’s inquiry into the role of national parliaments in the EU.


Tuesday 14 January, Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 4.10pm:

  • David Lidington MP, Minister for Europe


The evidence will start with a session focused on the conclusions of the December European Council.  This will include questions on

  • The Government’s progress in persuading other Member States of the need to restrict migrant workers access to benefits, and
  • the flow of migration of EU workers.

In the Committee’s second session with Mr Lidington the focus will shift onto the Committee’s inquiry into the role of national parliaments in the EU. The issue has been raised recently by a letter from backbench Conservative MPs to David Cameron asking for a right of veto over EU directives for national parliaments. The session will include questions on:

  • How the current ‘yellow card’ process can be improved.
  • Whether national parliaments should have the right to initiate European legislation.
  • How the European Commission can be encouraged to take the views of national parliaments into account when formulating policy.

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