European Scrutiny Committee

No. 15
(Session 2002-03)


The Convention on the Future of Europe and the Role of National Parliaments

On Monday 16 June at 4 pm the European Scrutiny Committee will publish a Report on The Convention on the Future of Europe and the Role of National Parliaments (HC 63-xxiv 2002-03).  This Report will follow up some of the proposals made in the Committee's Report on Democracy and Accountability in the EU and the Role of National Parliaments (HC 152-xxxiii-I 2001-02) published in June 2002, and will also highlight the more significant proposals in the draft treaty articles produced by the Convention's Praesidium.

Advance embargoed copies of the Report will be available for the media and Government Departments from No. 7 Millbank, between 11 am and 1 pm on Monday next, 16 June.  However, please note that the embargo time is 4 pm.  A Press Conference will be held at 4 pm in Committee Room No. 8 on that day and copies of the Report will also be available at that time.

For further information telephone 0207 219 3292.

12 June 2003

Notes for Editors

The main purpose of the European Scrutiny Committee is to report to the House on the legal and political importance of each EU document and to determine which EU documents are debated. Such debates take place either in a European Standing Committee or on the Floor of the House. The Committee normally reports weekly on a range of documents when the House is sitting.  Under the House's scrutiny reserve resolution, Ministers should not agree to EU proposals until the Committee has completed its consideration of them, or any debate it has recommended has taken place.  The Committee also monitors business in the Council of Ministers, especially the activities of UK Ministers in the Council, and produces occasional reports on wider EU developments.

The Committee has 16 Members, as follows:

Jimmy Hood MP (Chairman) - Labour - Clydesdale
Richard Bacon MP - Conservative - South Norfolk
Colin Breed MP - Lib Dem - Cornwall South East
William Cash MP - Conservative - Stone
Michael Connarty MP - Labour - Falkirk East
Tony Cunningham MP - Labour - Workington
Wayne David MP - Labour - Caerphilly
Terry Davis MP - Labour - Birmingham Hodge Hill
Jim Dobbin MP - Labour/Co-op - Heywood & Middleton
Mark Hendrick MP - Labour - Preston
Jim Marshall MP - Labour - Leicester South
Anne McIntosh MP - Conservative - Vale of York
Angus Robertson MP - SNP - Moray
John Robertson MP - Labour - Glasgow Anniesland
Anthony Steen MP - Conservative - Totnes
Bill Tynan MP - Labour - Hamilton South

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