The Select Committee on European Legislation is appointed under
Standing Order No.143, viz:
Select Committee on European Legislation
143.-(1) There shall be
a select committee, to be called the Select Committee on European
Legislation, to examine European Community Documents and-
(a) to report its opinion
on the legal and political importance of each such document and,
where it considers appropriate, to report also on the reasons
for its opinion and on any matters of principle, policy or law
which may be affected;
(b) to make recommendations
for the further consideration of any such document pursuant to
Standing Order No.119 (European Standing Committees); and
(c) to consider any
issue arising upon any such document or group of documents.
The expression "European
Community Documents" means-
(i) any proposal
under the Community treaties for legislation by the Council of
(ii) any document
which is published for submission to the European Council or the
Council of Ministers;
(iii) any document
(not falling within (ii) above) which is published by one Community
institution for or with a view to submission to another Community
institution and which does not relate exclusively to consideration
of any proposal for legislation;
(iv) any other
document relating to European Community matters deposited in the
House by a Minister of the Crown.
(2) The committee shall
consist of sixteen members.
(3) The committee and any
sub-committee appointed by it shall have the assistance of the
Counsel to the Speaker.
(4) The committee shall
have the power to appoint specialist advisers for the purpose
of particular enquiries, either to supply information which is
not readily available or to elucidate matters of complexity within
the committee's order of reference.
(5) The committee shall
have power to send for persons, papers and records; to sit notwithstanding
any adjournment of the House; to adjourn from place to place;
and to report from time to time.
(6) The quorum of the committee
shall be five.
(7) The committee shall
have power to appoint sub-committees and to refer to such sub-committees
any of the matters referred to the committee.
(8) Every such sub-committee
shall have power to send for persons, papers and records; to sit
notwithstanding any adjournment of the House; to adjourn from
place to place; and to report to the committee from time to time.
(9) The committee shall
have power to report from time to time the minutes of evidence
taken before such sub-committees.
(10) The quorum of every
such sub-committee shall be two.
(11) The committee or any
sub-committee appointed by it shall have leave to confer and to
meet concurrently with any committee of the Lords on the European
Communities or any sub-committee of that committee for the purpose
of deliberating and of examining witnesses.
(12) Unless the House otherwise
orders, each member nominated to the committee shall continue
to be a member of it for the remainder of the Parliament.
Tuesday 15 July 1997
The following were nominated
as members of the Select Committee on European Legislation:
|Mr Norman Baker
||Mrs Linda Gilroy
|Ms Hazel Blears
||Mr Jimmy Hood
|Mr Ben Bradshaw
||Ms Jenny Jones
|Mr Russell Brown
||Mrs Anne McGuire
|Mr Roger Casale
||Mr Jim Marshall
|Mr William Cash
||Mr Bill Rammell
|Mr Quentin Davies
||Mr Anthony Steen
|Mrs Margaret Ewing
||Mr Shaun Woodward
Mr Jimmy Hood was elected Chairman,
16 July 1997
Tuesday 22 July 1997:
Mr Andrew Tyrie discharged; Mr Quentin Davies appointed.
Resolution of the House of 24 October 1990
That, in the opinion of this House:-
(1) No Minister of the Crown
should give agreement in the Council of Ministers to any proposal
for European Community legislation-
(a) which is still subject
to scrutiny (that is, on which the Select Committee on European
Legislation has not completed its scrutiny) or
(b) which is awaiting
consideration by the House (that is, which has been recommended
by the Select Committee for consideration pursuant to Standing
Order No.102 (European Standing Committees) but in respect of
which the House has not come to a Resolution, either on a Resolution
reported by a European Standing Committee or otherwise).
(2) In this Resolution,
any reference to agreement to a proposal includes, in the case
of a proposal on which the Council acts in co-operation with the
European Parliament, agreement to a common position.
(3) The Minister concerned
may, however, give agreement:-
(a) to a proposal which
is still subject to scrutiny if he considers that it is confidential,
routine or trivial or is substantially the same as a proposal
on which scrutiny has been completed;
(b) to a proposal which
is awaiting consideration by the House if the Select Committee
has indicated that agreement need not be withheld pending consideration.
(4) The Minister concerned
may also give agreement to a proposal which is still subject to
scrutiny or awaiting consideration by the House if he decides
that for special reasons agreement should be given; but he should
explain his reasons-
(i) in every such
case, to the Select Committee at the first opportunity after reaching
his decision; and
(ii) in the case
of a proposal awaiting consideration by the House, to the House
at the first opportunity after giving agreement.
(5) In relation to any proposal
which requires adoption by unanimity, abstention shall, for the
purposes of paragraph (4), be treated as giving agreement.
1. Three separate numbering
systems are used in this Report to designate Community documents.
Numbers in brackets are
the Committee's own reference numbers.
Numbers in the form 5467/97
are Council of Ministers reference numbers; this system
is also employed by United Kingdom Government Departments and
the Vote Office and for the purpose of proceedings in the House.
Numbers preceded by the
letters COM or SEC are Commission reference numbers; this
style is also employed by the European Parliament.
The absence of both a Council
of Ministers and Commission reference number usually indicates
that at the time of the Report only an unnumbered Explanatory
Memorandum from the responsible Government Department was deposited
in the House.
2. Details of the progress
of European Community Documents recommended by the Committee for
further consideration may be found in the European Community
Documents List which is circulated every sitting Monday in the
3. The financial
data in European Community Documents are normally expressed
in European Currency Units (ECU). Following sterling's suspension
from the Exchange Rate Mechanism, conversions into sterling relating
to present and future years included in the Government's Explanatory
Memoranda are normally made at the market rate for the last working
day of the previous month. For Explanatory Memoranda submitted
in July 1997, the conversion rate is £1 = 1.4737 ECU (1 ECU
= £0.6786). For Explanatory Memoranda submitted in August
1997, the conversion rate is £1 = 1.5149 ECU (1 ECU = £0.6601).
For Explanatory Memoranda submitted in September 1997, the conversion
rate is £1 = 1.4178 ECU (1 ECU £0.6766). For Explanatory
Memoranda submitted in October 1997, the conversion rate is £1
= 1.4501 ECU (1 ECU = £0.6896).
4. The following terms
and abbreviations are used regularly in Reports from the Committee:-
`A' point An item on
the Council Agenda which is not controversial, and needs no discussion.
If any Member State objects to an item being taken as an `A'
point, that business is dropped from the agenda.`B' points are
those expected to give rise to debate.
CCA Compliance Cost
COREPER Committee of
ECJ European Court of
ECSC European Coal and
ECU European Currency
EM Explanatory Memorandum
OJ Official Journal
SEM Supplementary Explanatory
Tag An italic rubric
attached to a Motion in the House or European Standing Committee,
listing documents relevant to debate on that Motion.
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