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EU Committees

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the EC-Slovak Republic Joint Transport Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement; [214778]

(2) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the EC-Czech Republic Joint Transport Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement; [214779]

(3) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Joint Committee on the carriage of goods and passengers by inland waterway (EC-Czech Republic-Republic of Poland-Slovak Republic) met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement. [214780]

Mr. McNulty: I refer the hon. Member to the series of Command Papers on prospects for the EU—Cm6174 laid in April 2004, Cm6310 laid in September 2004 and Cm6450 laid in February 2005, which cover the periods of the above presidencies and are available on the FCO website at: www.fco.gov.uk/commandpapers.

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times during the (a) Italian (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU, the Advisory Committee on the control and reduction of pollution caused by the discharge of hydrocarbons and other dangerous substances at sea met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement. [215408]

Mr. McNulty: The Management Committee on Marine Pollution (MCMP) has replaced the Committee referred to by the hon. Member. The MCMP met once during each of the Italian, Irish and Dutch presidencies (in September 2003, March 2004 and September 2004) in Brussels. The United Kingdom was represented at each of these meetings by the Counter Pollution Response Branch of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
 
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I refer the hon. Member to the series of Command Papers on prospects for the EU—Cm6174 laid in April 2004, Cm6310 laid in September 2004 and Cm6450 laid in February 2005, which cover the periods of the above presidencies and are available on the FCO website at: www.fco.gov.uk/commandpapers.

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the EC-Poland Joint Transport Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement; [215419]

(2) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the EC-Romania Joint Transport Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement. [215420]

Mr. McNulty: I refer the hon. Member to the series of Command Papers on prospects for the EU—Cm6174 laid in April 2004, Cm6310 laid in September 2004 and Cm6450 laid in February 2005, which cover the periods of the above presidencies and are available on the FCO website at: www.fco.gov.uk/commandpapers.

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the (i) Committee for granting Community financial aid in the field of trans-European transport networks, (ii)Committee for granting Community financial aid in the field of trans-European telecommunications networks met; when and where each meeting took place; what UK Government expert was present at each meeting; and if he will make a statement. [216221]

Mr. McNulty: The trans-European transport network Financial Assistance Committee (FAC) referred to by the hon. Member met four times during the course of the three Presidencies (on 1 July 2003, 24 October 2003, 10 June 2004 and 21 and 22 October 2004). The meetings took place in Brussels and on each occasion the United Kingdom was represented by an official from the European Division of the Department for Transport. The FAC is responsible for the implementation of Council regulation 2236/95 and associated budgetary allocations. Responsibility for the trans-European Telecommunications network rests with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

I refer the hon. Member to the series of Command Papers on prospects for the EU—Cm6174 laid in April 2004, Cm6310 laid in September 2004 and Cm6450 laid in February 2005, which cover the periods of the above presidencies and are available on the FCO website at: www.fco.gov.uk/commandpapers

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Technical Adaptation Committee on the minimum safety and health requirements for improved medical
 
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treatment on board vessels met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement. [216340]

Mr. McNulty: I refer the hon. Member to the series of Command Papers on prospects for the EU—Cm6174 laid in April 2004, Cm6310 laid in September 2004 and Cm6450 laid in February 2005, which cover the periods of the above presidencies and are available on the FCO website at: www.fco.gov.uk/commandpapers

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) Advisory Committee on the management of the research programme for management and storage of radioactive waste and management of the Community plan of action in the field of radioactive waste and (ii)Advisory Committee on measures to be taken in the event of a crisis in the market in the carriage of goods by road and for laying down the conditions under which non-resident carriers may operate national road haulage services within a member state met; when and where each meeting took place; what UK Government expert was present at each meeting; and if he will make a statement. [216723]

Mr. McNulty: The matters with which this Committee deals are not the responsibility of the Department for Transport.

I refer the hon. Member to the series of Command Papers on prospects for the EU—Cm6174 laid in April 2004, Cm6310 laid in September 2004 and Cm6450 laid in February 2005, which cover the periods of the above presidencies and are available on the FCO website at: www.fco.gov.uk/commandpapers.

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee for the application of legislation on the conditions under which non-resident carriers may operate national road passenger transport services within a member state met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement; [217248]

(2) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee on the reciprocal recognition of national boat masters' certificates for the carriage of goods and passengers by inland water met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement. [217249]

Mr. McNulty: I refer the hon. Member to the series of Command Papers on prospects for the EU—Cm6174 laid in April 2004, Cm6310 laid in September 2004 and Cm6450 laid in February 2005, which cover the periods of the above presidencies and are available on the FCOwebsite at: www.fco.gov.uk/commandpapers.

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the EC-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Joint Transport Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement; [215925]
 
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(2) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the EC-Bulgaria Joint Transport Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement; [215926]

(3) how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the EC-Hungary Joint Transport Committee met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement. [215927]

Mr. McNulty: I refer the hon. Member to the series of Command Papers on prospects for the EU—Cm6174 laid in April 2004, Cm6310 laid in September 2004 and Cm6450 laid in February 2005, which cover the periods of the above presidencies and are available on the FCO website at: www.fco.gov.uk/commandpapers.


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