Future inter-parliamentary scrutiny of EU foreign, defence and security policy - Foreign Affairs Committee Contents

E-mail to the Committee from Lord Boswell of Aynho

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed successor arrangements to ESDA (where I have served via the Commons since 2007, have now remained in the Delegation as a Peer, and am currently a full member of the Defence Committee, and an alternate for Technology & Aerospace).

While I shall leave others to comment in detail, may I make these two short points of principle:

1.  It is essential that any successor respects the intergovernmental nature of the arrangements, involving as they do non-EU Members, (and also non-members of ESDA who are EU Members). In brief, the European Parliament does not "fit the bill" for scrutiny.

2.  Whatever arrangements emerge, it is imperative that the dedicated and high quality WEU staff are treated correctly, in accordance with prior understandings and French employment procedures.

10 December 2010

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