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Weekly Information Bulletin: 27th March 2002


EU documents recommended for debate by the European Scrutiny Committee

Progress of documents to be considered by the House is noted in the "European Union Documents" list, in the Vote Bundle, and on the parliament website at:

Members, and others with access to the European Scrutiny Database, can check the status and progress of EU documentation at:

Enquiries can be directed to the European Scrutiny Select Committee office on 020 7219 5467/1548.

The European Scrutiny Select Committee meets each Wednesday at 4.00pm when the House is sitting. Under Standing Order No. 143, the Committee examines: "any proposal under the Community Treaties for legislation by the Council acting jointly with the European parliament".

This includes draft Regulations and Directives, Decisions of the Council and Budgetary documents. The Committee examine the documents for political and legal implications, and decides whether it should be considered further in European Standing Committee, or for the most important documents, on the floor of the House. Recommendations for further consideration are noted in the list of "Memoranda" in the days Votes and Proceedings. Reports of the European Scrutiny Committee are available from TSO or on the parliament website at:

For information on the House of Commons and European Communities Legislation see HCIO Factsheet L11

COM documents are available for consultation in the 44 European Documentation Centres (most of which are in university libraries) or the 22 European Information Centres.

SEC documents are not normally available for public consultation. The occasional important one on policy issues may be available in the above centres.

For information about your nearest ED or EIC Tel: 020 7973 1992 (London Office of the European Commission) or Tel: 01482 465941, (ED Librarian, University of Hull).

Members of Parliament may obtain copies from the Vote Office by reference to the yellow demand form, quoting the number after the COM or SEC number.

COM Documents and EC legislation are available from The Stationery Office as ScanFax items, which are supplied as loose-leaf pages. They are printed from an optical disc system. Prices start from £5.10 (incl. VAT @17.5%) for an item of up to 4 pages. Prices include free delivery by fax, or by first class post.

Orders can be placed using a Stationery Office account number, credit card, or cheque in advance. Please telephone The Stationery Office on Tel: 020 7873 8372/8496, or Fax 020 7873 8416

European Union Website:

European Standing Committee A

Strategy for future chemicals policy (6671/01)

Community Strategy for dioxins, furans and polychlorinated biphenyls (13438/01)

Fisheries: Total Allowable Catches and Quotas 2002 (14130/01)

Fisheries: total allowable catches for deep-sea stocks in 2002 (15238/01)

Fisheries: specific access requirements and associated conditions applicable to deep-sea stocks (6918/02)

Greenhouse gas emission trading within the Community (14394/01)

Packaging and packaging waste (15194/01)

Promotion of the use of biofuels in road transport (15500/01)

Railways (5721/02; 5723/02; 5724/02; 5726/02; 5727/02; 5744/02)

Single European Sky (12692/01 Rev 1, 12693/01 Rev 1, 13735/99)

European Standing Committee B

The EU Action Plan on Drugs 2000-2004 (10207/01)

Energy and residence of third country nationals for the purpose of paid employment and self-employment activities (11803/01)

Status of third country nationals who are long term residents (8237/01)

European Standing Committee C

Food hygiene (10427/00, 15475/01)

Genetically modified food and feed (11576/01; 11496/01)

Authorisation of human and vetinary medicines (13361/01; 14591/01)

Floor of the House


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