ORAL EVIDENCE ON THE CONVENTION ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE
On Wednesday 20 November, 2002, the European Scrutiny Committee will be taking oral evidence from the Rt. Hon. Peter Hain MP, Government Representative on the Convention on the Future of Europe at 10.40 am. The evidence will be in the Boothroyd Room in Portcullis House.
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15 November 2002
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. 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 Scrutiny Reserve Resolution, passed by the House, is crucial to the Committee's work. Under that Resolution Ministers are constrained from agreeing to EU legislative or other proposals until parliamentary scrutiny is completed. There are certain circumstances in which agreement is nevertheless permitted, but in such cases the European Scrutiny Committee or the House must be informed as soon as possible.
The Committee examined many of the issues being considered in the Convention in its report on
Democracy and accountability in the EU and the role of national parliaments, published in June (
HC 152-xxxiii), and the Government has replied to the report (
The Committee has 16 Members, as follows:
Jimmy Hood MP (Chairman) - Labour - Clydesdale
Colin Breed MP - Lib Dem - Cornwall South East
Roger Casale MP - Labour - Wimbledon
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
Anthony Steen MP - Conservative - Totnes
Bill Tynan MP - Labour - Hamilton South
Angela Watkinson MP - Conservative - Upminster
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