Select Committee on European Communities Twelfth Report


Letter from Tony Baldry, MP, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, to Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee

9999/96-Draft Proposals for a Council Regulation Amending Council Regulation No. 3760/92 Establishing a Community System for Fisheries and Aquaculture

  Thank you for your letter of 13 November[1] about the above proposal. I am sorry for the delay in replying but, as you will be aware, I have been rather pre-occupied recently with the 1997 fisheries TACs and quotas regulations.

  I share your concerns about the proposed transfer of power from the Council to the Commission. As yet, there has been no discussion of the proposal in the Fisheries Council and we have been given no indication so far that it will feature on the agenda of either the April or June Councils. However, I will endeavour to keep you informed of progress.

  As regards your question about which Committee procedure would be employed, the proposal indicates that it would be the one laid down in Article 18 of Council Regulation (EEC) No. 3760/92. In simple terms, this means that the Management Committee established under Article 17 of that Regulation would be required to deliver an opinion within a time limit set by the Commission. Voting would be on a qualified majority basis. If the measures are opposed by the Committee, the Commission is required to inform the Council and may defer application of the measures for one month, during which time the Council may take a different decision.

  I hope this further information is helpful.

13 January 1997

Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee, to Tony Baldry, MP, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

  Thank you for your letter of 13 January replying to my letter of last year on the above document.

  The document has now been considered further by the European Communities Committee and its Sub-Committee D. The Committee was pleased to note that there would ultimately be further recourse to the Council if the Management Committee were to oppose measures under this proposal. However, the Committee remains concerned by the proposed transfer of power from the Council to the Commission on this subject and trusts that Her Majesty's Government will continue to oppose this change vigorously.

  I should be grateful if you would continue to keep us informed of developments on this matter. In the meantime however, in the light of your response, Sub-Committee D has cleared the document.

22 January 1997

1  Printed in Correspondence with Ministers, 5th Report, Session 1996-97, p. 34. Back

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