1. Three separate numbering systems are used
in this Report to designate European Union documents.
Numbers in brackets are the Committee's own reference
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
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 Union Documents
recommended by the Committee for further consideration may
be found in the European Union Documents List which is circulated
every sitting Monday in the Vote Bundle.
3. The financial data in European Union Documents
are normally expressed in the euro from 1 January 1999. 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 October 2001, the conversion
rate is £1 = 1.6077 euro (1 euro = £0.6220). For Explanatory
Memoranda submitted in November 2001, the conversion rate is £1
= 1.6095 euro (1 euro = £0.6213).
4. The following terms and abbreviations are
used regularly in Reports from the Committee:
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.
Committee of Permanent Representatives
European Court of Justice
European Coal and Steel Community
Regulatory Impact Assessment
Supplementary Explanatory Memorandum
An italic rubric attached to a Motion in the House or European Standing Committee, listing documents relevant to debate on that Motion