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House of Commons

 
 

Monday 3rd March 2008

 

Committee of the whole House

 

European Union (Amendment) Bill


 

Note

 

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the House

 

[28th January 2008].

 

 


 

Days 9 and 10

 

                        Clauses 3 to 7

 

Mr David Heathcoat-Amory

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr William Cash

 

Mr Richard Shepherd

 

39

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  leave out lines 12 and 13 and insert—

 

‘(c)    

may be made only if a draft of the order has been—

 

(i)    

laid before Parliament; and

 

(ii)    

approved by a resolution of each House’.

 

Mr William Cash

 

Mr John Redwood

 

Mr Iain Duncan Smith

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

Mr Richard Shepherd

 

Sir Nicholas Winterton

 

55

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  14,  leave out subsection (6).


 
 

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European Union (Amendment) Bill, continued

 
 

Mr William Cash

 

Mr John Redwood

 

Mr Iain Duncan Smith

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

Mr Richard Shepherd

 

Sir Nicholas Winterton

 

56

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  14,  leave out ‘or instrument made under an Act’.

 

Mr William Cash

 

Mr John Redwood

 

Mr Iain Duncan Smith

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

Mr Richard Shepherd

 

Sir Nicholas Winterton

 

57

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  15,  leave out ‘or instrument’.

 


 

Mr William Hague

 

Mr David Lidington

 

Mr Mark Francois

 

Mr David Evennett

 

294

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  21,  after ‘powers)’, insert ‘provided that, one year after the

 

entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon and, for so long as such reports are laid annually

 

thereafter, Her Majesty’s Government lays before Parliament a report setting out the cases

 

in the preceding year where the position of the European Parliament and the Council

 

differed on a proposal, in a matter made subject to the procedure in Article 294 of the

 

Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (formerly Article 251 of the Treaty

 

establishing the European Community) by the Treaty of Lisbon.’.

 

Mr William Hague

 

Mr David Lidington

 

Mr Mark Francois

 

Mr David Evennett

 

295

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  21,  at end insert ‘from the date upon which the European

 

Parliament takes a decision to have only one place of meeting in plenary session.’.

 

Mr William Cash

 

Mr John Redwood

 

Mr Iain Duncan Smith

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

Mr Richard Shepherd

 

Sir Nicholas Winterton

 

58

 

Page  2,  line  19,  leave out Clause 4.

 



 
 

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European Union (Amendment) Bill, continued

 
 

Mr David Heathcoat-Amory

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr William Cash

 

Mr Richard Shepherd

 

40

 

Clause  5,  page  2,  line  24,  after ‘Parliament’, insert ‘and endorsed in a national

 

referendum’.

 

Mr William Cash

 

Mr John Redwood

 

Mr Iain Duncan Smith

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

Mr Richard Shepherd

 

Sir Nicholas Winterton

 

59

 

Clause  5,  page  2,  line  37,  at end add—

 

‘(4)    

Condition 3 is that where the treaty proposes to confer further competences on the

 

European Union requiring amendment of United Kingdom law or governance of

 

the United Kingdom in any material respect, that treaty shall be submitted to a

 

referendum as if it were a referendum under this Act.’.

 


 

Mr David Heathcoat-Amory

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr William Cash

 

Mr Richard Shepherd

 

48

 

Clause  6,  page  2,  line  39,  leave out subsection (1) and insert—

 

‘(1A)    

A Minister of the Crown shall vote against or otherwise reject a proposed decision

 

in the European Council or the Council to be taken by unanimity that would or

 

could create obligations on the United Kingdom, unless Parliamentary approval

 

for the decision has been given in accordance with this section.

 

(1B)    

A Minister of the Crown shall vote against or otherwise reject a proposed decision

 

in the European Council or the Council in an area made subject to qualified

 

majority voting by the Treaty of Lisbon, and which would or could create

 

obligations on the United Kingdom, unless Parliamentary approval for the

 

decision has been given in accordance with this section.

 

(1C)    

Any decision adopted by the European Council or the Council by unanimity, or

 

in an area made subject to qualified majority voting by the Treaty of Lisbon, shall

 

not create an enforceable European Union right, European Union obligation or an

 

object of the European Union for the purposes of section 2 of the European

 

Communities Act 1972 if Parliamentary approval was not given for a Minister of

 

the Crown to support that decision in accordance with this section.

 

(1D)    

This section shall apply notwithstanding section 2 of the European Communities

 

Act 1972.

 

(1E)    

In this section, “the European Council” means that European Union institution

 

founded on Article 15 of the Treaty on European Union, and “the Council” means

 

that European Union institution founded on Article 16 of the Treaty on European

 

Union.’.


 
 

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European Union (Amendment) Bill, continued

 
 

Jon Trickett

 

Colin Burgon

 

Jon Cruddas

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

286

 

Clause  6,  page  2,  line  39,  at beginning insert—

 

‘(A1)    

The Prime Minister may not attend a meeting of the European Council without

 

having laid before Parliament a statement on their negotiating mandate and

 

receiving Parliamentary approval in accordance with this section.

 

(A2)    

A Minister of the Crown may not attend a meeting of any configuration of the

 

Council (within the meaning of Article 9C of the Treaty on European Union)

 

without having laid before Parliament a statement on their negotiating mandate

 

and receiving Parliamentary approval in accordance with this section.

 

(A3)    

A Minister of the Crown may not vote in favour of or otherwise support any

 

legislative measure under any article of the Treaty on European Union or the

 

Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union that relates to the internal

 

market, if it applies to, or could be applied in relation to, any of the following,

 

unless Parliamentary approval has been given in accordance with this section:

 

(a)    

health services provided by any NHS body,

 

(b)    

the statutory system of public education,

 

(c)    

social housing,

 

(d)    

postal services,

 

(e)    

public transport.

 

(A4)    

A Minister of the Crown may not vote either in favour of or against or otherwise

 

support or oppose any legislative measure under Article 153 of the Treaty on the

 

Functioning of the European Union, unless Parliamentary approval has been

 

given in accordance with this section.

 

(A5)    

A Minister of the Crown may not authorise any person to represent the United

 

Kingdom at a meeting of the special committee to assist the Commission in

 

negotiating agreements with international organisations or third countries

 

established in Article 188C of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European

 

Union without having laid before Parliament a statement on their negotiating

 

mandate; and where any person represents the United Kingdom at such a meeting,

 

the Secretary of State shall lay before Parliament a statement on the matters

 

discussed at the meeting, the positions taken by all persons representing the

 

United Kingdom and the outcomes of the meeting, within 30 days of the meeting

 

taking place.’.

 

Mr David Heathcoat-Amory

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr William Cash

 

Mr Richard Shepherd

 

47

 

Clause  6,  page  2,  line  39,  leave out ‘may not vote in favour of or otherwise support’

 

and insert ‘shall vote against or otherwise reject’.

 

Mr William Hague

 

Mr David Lidington

 

Mr Mark Francois

 

Mr David Evennett

 

18

 

Clause  6,  page  2,  line  40,  leave out from ‘following’ to end of line 41.


 
 

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European Union (Amendment) Bill, continued

 
 

Jeremy Corbyn

 

Jon Trickett

 

Mrs Ann Cryer

 

Ms Katy Clark

 

John McDonnell

 

Ms Diane Abbott

 

244

 

Clause  6,  page  3,  line  4,  at end insert ‘and that in relation to Chapter 2, Section 1,

 

part 27(a) 2 of the Treaty of Lisbon, member states should not newly enter into bilateral

 

defence agreements with non-member states when agreements have foreign and security

 

implications affecting the Union as a whole.’.

 

Mr David Heathcoat-Amory

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr William Cash

 

Mr Richard Shepherd

 

42

 

Clause  6,  page  3,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The provision of Article 82(2)(d) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the

 

European Union that permits the addition of new aspects of criminal procedure to

 

those which may be the subject of directives decided by qualified majority

 

voting.’.

 

Mr David Heathcoat-Amory

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr William Cash

 

Mr Richard Shepherd

 

43

 

Clause  6,  page  3,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The provision of Article 83(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European

 

Union that permits the addition of new areas of crime which may be the subject

 

of directives decided by qualified majority voting.’.

 

Mr David Heathcoat-Amory

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr William Cash

 

Mr Richard Shepherd

 

44

 

Clause  6,  page  3,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The provision of Article 86(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European

 

Union that permits the creation of a European Public Prosecutor.’.

 

Mr David Heathcoat-Amory

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr William Cash

 

Mr Richard Shepherd

 

45

 

Clause  6,  page  3,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The provision of Article 86(4) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European

 

Union that permits the extension of the powers of the European Public

 

Prosecutor.’.


 
 

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European Union (Amendment) Bill, continued

 
 

Mr David Heathcoat-Amory

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr William Cash

 

Mr Richard Shepherd

 

46

 

Clause  6,  page  3,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The provision of Article 42(2) of the Treaty on the European Union that permits

 

the establishment of a common European Union defence.’.

 

Mr David Heathcoat-Amory

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr William Cash

 

Mr Richard Shepherd

 

49

 

Clause  6,  page  3,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

A Minister of the Crown may not commit the United Kingdom to new

 

obligations, or alter the obligations of the United Kingdom, under the following

 

provisions unless Parliamentary approval has been given in accordance with this

 

section—

 

(a)    

Article 3 of the Protocol on the Position of the United Kingdom and

 

Ireland in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice, permitting

 

a notification of the wish to take part in the adoption of an act under the

 

EU’s area of freedom, security and justice,

 

(b)    

Article 4 of the Protocol on the Position of the United Kingdom and

 

Ireland in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice, permitting

 

a notification of the wish to accept an act under the European Union’s

 

area of freedom, security and justice,

 

(c)    

Article 329 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

 

permitting a request to take part in enhanced cooperation,

 

(d)    

Article 46 of the Treaty on European Union, permitting a notification of

 

the intention to participate in permanent structured co-operation, and

 

(e)    

Article 10(5) of the Protocol on Transitional Provisions, permitting a

 

notification of the wish to participate in police and criminal justice

 

measures with full jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.’.

 

Jon Trickett

 

Colin Burgon

 

Jon Cruddas

 

Frank Dobson

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

John McDonnell

 

66

 

Clause  6,  page  3,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

A Minister of the Crown may not vote in favour of or otherwise support a decision

 

under any article of the Treaty on European Union or Treaty on the Functioning

 

of the European Union that relates to, or in so far as it relates to or could be

 

applied in relation to, the provision of healthcare services by an NHS body unless

 

Parliamentary approval has been given in accordance with this section.’.

 

Mr Michael Meacher

 

283

 

Clause  6,  page  3,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

A Minister of the Crown may not vote in favour of or otherwise support a decision

 

under any article of the Treaty on European Union or Treaty on the Functioning


 
 

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of the European Union that sets a target for reducing carbon dioxide emissions

 

from the European Union if it appears to him that the target is not compatible with

 

preventing global average temperatures from rising more than two degrees

 

Celsius above pre-industrial levels, unless Parliamentary approval has been given

 

in accordance with this section.

 

(1B)    

A Minister of the Crown may not vote in favour of or otherwise support a decision

 

under any article of the Treaty on European Union or Treaty on the Functioning

 

of the European Union that sets a target for reducing carbon dioxide emissions

 

from the European Union unless international aviation and shipping are included

 

in the target, unless Parliamentary approval has been granted in accordance with

 

this section.’.

 

Mr David Drew

 

Mr Ian Davidson

 

Kate Hoey

 

Mr Frank Field

 

Mr Gregory Campbell

 

284

 

Clause  6,  page  3,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

A Minister of the Crown may not vote in favour of or otherwise support a decision

 

under any article of the Treaty on European Union or Treaty on the Functioning

 

of the European Union that relates to, or in so far as it relates to or could be

 

applied in relation to, the liberalisation of postal services unless Parliamentary

 

approval has been given in accordance with this section.’.

 

Mr William Hague

 

Mr David Lidington

 

Mr Mark Francois

 

Mr David Evennett

 

19

 

Clause  6,  page  3,  leave out lines 21 to 35.

 

Mr David Heathcoat-Amory

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr William Cash

 

Mr Richard Shepherd

 

50

 

Clause  6,  page  3,  leave out lines 21 to 25 and insert—

 

‘(2)    

For the purposes of this section, Parliamentary approval is given if an Act of

 

Parliament authorises Her Majesty’s Government’s support for a specified

 

proposed decision.’.

 

Mr William Hague

 

Mr David Lidington

 

Mr Mark Francois

 

Mr David Evennett

 

20

 

Clause  6,  page  3,  line  21,  leave out from ‘given’ to end of line 35 and insert ‘by Act

 

of Parliament’.


 
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