Numbering of documents
Three separate numbering systems are used in this
Report for European Union documents:
Numbers in brackets are the Committee's own reference
Numbers in the form "5467/05" are Council
of Ministers reference numbers. This system is also used by UK
Government Departments, by the House of Commons Vote Office and
for proceedings in the House.
Numbers preceded by the letters COM or SEC are Commission
Where only a Committee number is given, this usually
indicates that no official text is available and the Government
has submitted an "unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum"
discussing what is likely to be included in the document or covering
an unofficial text.
Abbreviations used in the headnotes and footnotes
|EC||(in "Legal base") Treaty establishing the European Community
|EM||Explanatory Memorandum (submitted by the Government to the Committee)
|EU||(in "Legal base") Treaty on European Union
|GAERC||General Affairs and External Relations Council
|JHA||Justice and Home Affairs
|OJ||Official Journal of the European Communities
|QMV||Qualified majority voting
|RIA||Regulatory Impact Assessment
|SEM||Supplementary Explanatory Memorandum
Where figures in euros have been converted to pounds
sterling, this is normally at the market rate for the last working
day of the previous month.
Documents recommended by the Committee for debate,
together with the times of forthcoming debates (where known),
are listed in the European Union Documents list, which is in the
House of Commons Vote Bundle on Mondays and is also available
on the parliamentary website. Documents awaiting consideration
by the Committee are listed in "Remaining Business":
www.parliament.uk/escom. The website also contains the Committee's
Letters sent by Ministers to the Committee about
documents are available for the public to inspect; anyone wishing
to do so should contact the staff of the Committee ("Contacts"
The staff of the Committee are Alistair Doherty (Clerk),
David Griffiths (Clerk Adviser), Terry Byrne (Clerk Adviser),
Leigh Gibson (Clerk Adviser), Peter Harborne (Clerk Adviser),
Paul Hardy (Legal Adviser) (Counsel for European Legislation),
Hannah Lamb (Senior Committee Assistant), Sarah Colebrook (Committee
Assistant), Jim Camp (Committee Assistant), Anna Browning (Committee
Assistant), Shane Pathmanathan (Committee Support Assistant),
and Paula Saunderson (Office Support Assistant).
All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk
of the European Scrutiny Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank,
London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general enquiries is
(020) 7219 3292/5465. The Committee's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.