Select Committee on European Scrutiny Thirty-First Report


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.

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 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 euros. 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 April 2002, the conversion rate is 1 = _1.6313 (_1 = 0.6130). For Explanatory Memoranda submitted in May 2002, the conversion rate is 1 = _1.6180 (_1 = 0.6188).

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.


Committee of Permanent Representatives


European Court of Justice


European Coal and Steel Community


Explanatory Memorandum


Official Journal


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


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