European Scrutiny Committee

No. 10
(Session 2003-04)



On Tuesday 20 April,  at 10 am, the European Scrutiny Committee will take oral evidence from the Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, on the Lisbon  Strategy.  This over-arching policy was adopted at a European Council in March 2000 in Lisbon.  Heads of government established a target for the Union "to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world,  capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion" by 2010.  The Lisbon Strategy is relevant to the EU's new Financial Perspective for 2007-13, on which the Committee is publishing a report this week and on which it has recommended a debate on the Floor of the House. 

Details of the Committee Room will be announced nearer the date of the evidence session.

For further information telephone 020 7219 5467/6481/3292.

29 March 2004

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 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
David Heathcoat-Amory MP - Conservative - Wells
Mark Hendrick MP - Labour - Preston
Jim Marshall MP - Labour - Leicester South
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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