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Weekly Information Bulletin: 31st January 2009

European Communities Documents to be considered

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 PIMS database can check the status and progress of EU documentation.

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 2.30pm 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

Recovery of cod stocks (7676/08 and Addenda 1 and 2) - considered 26.1.2009

Fisheries: Total allowable catches and quotas for 2009 (15578/08, 15416/08 and Addenda 1, 2 and 3) - considered 26.1.2009

European Energy Networks (15927/08) - awaiting consideration

Second Strategy Energy Review (15944/08 and Addenda 1 - 4) - awaiting consideration

Control of Ozone-Depleting Substances (12832/08 and Addenda 1 to 3) - awaiting consideration

European Standing Committee B

Enlargement strategy and main challenges 2008-09 (15455/08) - to be considered 2.2.2009

Draft Regulation on Credit Rating Agencies (15661/08) - considered 28.1.2009

Protection of animals used for scientific purposes (15546/08 and Addenda 1 and 2) - to be considered 3.2.2009

Asylum (16929/08 and Addenda 1 to 3, 16913/08 and Addenda 1 to 3, and 16934/08 and

Addenda 1 to 3) - to be considered 10.2.2009

Mandates of EU Special Representatives (Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum

dated 14 January 2009 - awaiting consideration

European Security and Defence Policy (16686/08 and 17104/08) - awaiting consideration

European Standing Committee C


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