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Weekly Information Bulletin: 16th January 2010

White Papers and Green Papers
received since last Bulletin

WHITE PAPERS are issued by the Government as statements of policy, and often set out proposals for legislative changes, which may be debated before a Bill is introduced. Some White Papers may invite comments.

GREEN PAPERS set out for discussion, proposals which are still at a formative stage.

Not all discussion papers are published and put on general release: some are sent only to a predetermined list of consultees. This is a matter solely for the Department concerned.

Papers to which an ISBN and price are appended are normally available through The Stationery Office. For others, application should be made to the department concerned. External links provided in this section are correct as at the time of going to press, however they are not updated after that date.

White Papers


Green Papers


Impact Assessments received since the last Bulletin

Date Title Contact
12.1.10 Workplace Pension Reform for Pension Regulations 2010 Daphne White
Tel: 0207 449 7255

Other Papers

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP): The Way Forward, Cm 7785, ISBN: 010 1778527, £5.50

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Fifty-Fourth Annual Report of the Foreign Compensation Commission, Cm 7786, ISBN: 010 1778626, £5.50

European Union 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 Parliamentary Information Management Services (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 further information on EU Legislation and Scrutiny Procedures see HCIO Factsheet L11 produced by the House of Commons Information Office, available in hardcopy on request or to download from the Parliament website.

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. Contact details are shown on the back cover of this Bulletin.

European Union Website:

European Standing Committee A

Dairy Market Situation 2009 (12289/09 and Addendum 1) – to be considered 25.1.2010

European Standing Committee B

Financial Management (12139/09 and Addenda 1 and 2) – awaiting consideration

European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan – to be considered 18.01.2010

Commission Communication: Enlargement Strategy and main challenges 2009-2010 (14513/09) – to be considered 19.01.2010

EU/Japan Agreement: Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum) – to be considered 2.2.2010

Financial Services (15049/09 and Addenda 1 to 3) – awaiting consideration

Future Relations between the EU and the Overseas Countries and Territories (15647/09) – to be considered 9.2.2010

European Defence Agency Three year Financial Framework postponement and 2010 Budget adoption (16275/09 and16462/00) – awaiting consideration

Evidence in Criminal Matters (Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum) – to be considered 8.2.2010

European Court of Auditors’ (16632/09) – awaiting consideration

Alternative Investment Fund Managers (9494/09 and Addenda 1 and 2, and (15162/09) – awaiting consideration

Follow-up to 2007 Discharge Decisions (17588/09; 1239/09 and Addenda 1 and 2; 12668/09 and Addendum; 14998/09 and Addendum; 16632/09) – awaiting consideration

European Standing Committee C


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