European Scrutiny Committee, Press Notice No. 9

Select Committee Announcement

Committee Office, House of Commons, London SW1A 3JA
Media Enquiries: Alex Paterson 020 7219 1589

20 March 2008: For Immediate Release

'European Scrutiny Committee to inquire into the role of National Parliaments under the Lisbon Treaty'

The European Scrutiny Committee is carrying out a short inquiry into the role of national parliaments under the Lisbon Treaty. The inquiry will focus on:

€ An examination of the new provisions for national parliaments under the Lisbon Treaty, in particular the subsidiarity early-warning mechanism;

€ How these new provisions might work in practice, including cooperation with the House of Lords, Devolved Assemblies, Departmental Select Committees and inter-parliamentary coordination; and

€ The likely practical effect of the new provisions.

The Committee will be taking oral evidence and the programme will be announced in due course.

The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines stated below by 22 May 2008.

Call for written submissions

Please note:

Each submission should

€ aim to be no more than 3,000 words in length;

€ begin with a short summary in bullet point form;

€ have numbered paragraphs; and

€ be in Word format with as little use of colour/logos as possible.

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to and marked "Subsidiarity Inquiry". An additional paper copy should be sent to:

Emma Webbon
European Scrutiny Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank

It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at:

Please also note that:

€ Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included.

€ Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless specifically authorised.

€ Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Record Office. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.


1. "Subsidiarity" as defined in the Lisbon Treaty is the principle that "in areas which do not fall within its exclusive competence, the Union shall act only if and insofar as the objectives of the proposed action cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States, either at central level or at regional and local level, but can rather, by reason of the scale or effects of the proposed action, be better achieved at Union level." (Article5.3)

2. Committee Membership is as follows: Michael Connarty MP (Chairman), Labour, Mr Adrian Bailey MP, Labour, Mr David S Borrow MP, Labour, Mr William Cash MP, Conservative, Mr James Clappison MP, Conservative, Ms Katy Clark MP, Labour, Jim Dobbin MP, Labour/Co-op, Mr Greg Hands MP, Conservative, Mr David Heathcoat-Amory MP, Conservative, Keith Hill MP, Labour, Kelvin Hopkins MP, Labour, Mr Lindsay Hoyle MP, Labour, Mr Bob Laxton MP, Labour, Angus Robertson MP, SNP, Mr Anthony Steen MP, Conservative, Richard Younger Ross MP, Lib Dem

3. Transcripts of the committee's oral evidence session can be found on the Committee website at:

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