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 or JOIN
are Commission reference numbers.
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)*
EP European Parliament
EU (in "Legal base") Treaty
on European Union
GAERC General Affairs and External Relations
JHA Justice and Home Affairs
OJ Official Journal of the European Communities
QMV Qualified majority voting
RIA Regulatory Impact Assessment
SEM Supplementary Explanatory Memorandum
TEU Treaty on European Union
TFEU Treaty on the Functioning of the European
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 published
in the House of Commons Vote Bundle each Monday, and is also available
on the parliamentary website. Documents awaiting consideration
by the Committee are listed in "Remaining Business":
website also contains the Committee's Reports.
*Explanatory Memoranda (EMs) can be downloaded from
the Cabinet Office website: http://europeanmemoranda.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/.
Letters sent by Ministers to the Committee relating
to European documents are available for the public to inspect;
anyone wishing to do so should contact the staff of the Committee
The staff of the Committee are Sarah Davies (Clerk),
David Griffiths, Terry Byrne, Leigh Gibson, Peter Harborne, Eliot
Wilson (Clerk Advisers), Arnold Ridout (Legal Adviser) (Counsel
for European Legislation), Joanne Dee (Assistant Legal Adviser
and Assistant Counsel for European Legislation), Amelia Aspden
(Second Clerk), Julie Evans (Senior Committee Assistant), Jane
Bliss, Beatrice Woods and Rob Dinsdale (Committee Assistants),
Paula Saunderson and Ravi Abhayaratne (Office Support Assistants).
All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk
of the European Scrutiny Committee, House of Commons, London SW1A
1AA. The telephone number for general enquiries is (020) 7219
3292/5465. The Committee's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org