Select Committee on European Communities Tenth Report

Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Select Committee on the European Communities to Joyce Quin MP, Minister of State at the Home Office

  Thank you for your letter of 13 May. Copies of your letter and of letters from Justice and the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA) were before Sub-Committee E (Law and Institutions) when it reconsidered the draft Convention at its meeting yesterday.

  The Committee decided to clear the Convention from scrutiny but has asked to be kept informed of developments. In particular, the Committee would be grateful for your reactions to the points made by Justice and ILPA concerning the proposed extension of the Convention to illegal immigrants. The Committee expects to have early sight of any draft text to that effect and reserves its right to conduct a detailed enquiry into the matter.

  In the meantime, I enclose a copy of the letters from Justice and ILPA. I look forward to receiving your reply in the near future.

  I am copying this letter to the Chairman and Clerk of the European Legislation Committee in the House of Commons.

21 May 1998

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