Formal Minutes

Wednesday 1 December 2004

Members present:

Mr Jimmy Hood, in the Chair
Mr Richard Bacon
Mr William Cash
Mr Michael Connarty
Jim Dobbin
Nick Harvey
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory
Sandra Osborne
Anne Picking
Angus Robertson
John Robertson
Mr Anthony Steen
Mr Bill Tynan

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report, proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 2.9 read and agreed to.

Preamble to paragraph 3 read as follows:

3 Protection of workers from risks arising from optical radiation


Draft Directive on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (optical radiation)

Legal base

Article 137(2); co-decision; QMV


Work and Pensions

Basis of consideration

Minister's letter and  SEM of 15 November 2004

Previous Committee Report

HC 42-xxxv (2003-04), para 2
(3 November 2004)

To be discussed in Council

7 December 2004

Committee's assessment

Politically important

Committee's decision


Amendment proposed, in the preamble, to leave out "Cleared" and insert "For debate in European Standing Committee B". - (Mr David Heathcoat-Amory.)

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 5
Mr William Cash
Nick Harvey
Mr David Heathcoat-Amory
Angus Robertson
Mr Anthony Steen

Noes, 4
Jim Dobbin
Anne Picking
John Robertson
Mr Bill Tynan

Preamble, as amended, agreed to.

Paragraphs 3.1 to 3.6 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 3.7 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 4.1 to 25.2 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 25.3 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 26.1 to 32 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the First Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 8 December at 2.20 p.m..