Examination of Witness (Questions 220
TUESDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2002
220. I was not wanting to get into the argument
of whether Scotland is a nation or Bavaria is or is not. The issue
is about: there are parts of the European Union which are clearly
defined and have legislative powers, many of which are clearly
within the remit also of the European Union. Regardless of whether
they are stateless nations or not, the issue is of whether they
should or should not have a defined different status within the
(Mr Kirkhope) I am not trying to avoid your question
but I do think that primarily this is a matter for the Government
and the parliament of the United Kingdom to make a decision as
to what exactly is the status of any part or constituent part
of the kingdom.
221. I am interested in your views because you
are unusual in that not only have you been a Member of the House
of Commons and also a Member of the European Parliament but also
a Minister, so you have seen it from that angle, and presumably
you attended meetings in Brussels as a Minister. I am interested
in your views about how you think the House of Commons could improve
its scrutiny. I am not going to ask you to speak off the top of
your head today, and I realise you are very busy with the Convention,
but we have had papers from some of your colleagues and if you
could find some time to prepare a paper on how you think the House
of Commons could improve his scrutiny I would find that very helpful.
(Mr Kirkhope) I do not claim to have fantastic answers
and perhaps some of the other people who are submitting papers
will have, but I did say when I started that I intended, if it
was all right with this Committee, to submit a short paper, perhaps
touching on some of the things that I have been talking about
and you have asked me about todaythere may be one or two
points that I have not mentioned. I would be delighted to incorporate
into that perhaps one or two comments on that point, if that would
be all right.
Mr Davis: Thank you very much.
222. Timothy, thank you very much. It has been
very interesting, as we expected. You are obviously enjoying your
time out here in Brussels and I wish you well in your work on
(Mr Kirkhope) Thank you very much indeed.