Select Committee on European Communities Seventeenth Report


Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee, to Kate Hoey MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office

  Sub-Committee F considered this document at its meeting yesterday. The Sub-Committee decided to maintain the document under scrutiny, and are seeking the views of the following organisations: JUSTICE, ILPA, and the Immigration Advisory Service.

  I will write again when the Sub-Committee has considered these views. In the meantime. I would be grateful if you could keep me informed of any developments on this proposal.

  The Sub-Committee asked me to raise one particular question with you. That is whether the Government has consulted the Data Protection Registrar on Article 9.

17 December 1998

Letter from Kate Hoey MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office, to Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee

  Thank you for informing me in your letter of 17 December that the Sub-Committee would seek the views of JUSTICE, ILPA and the IAS on the above draft Agreement.

  We will, of course, let you know of any significant developments on the proposal.

  You also asked whether the Home Office had consulted the Data Protection Registrar in connection with Article 9 of the document. As discussion of this document is at a very early stage, it has not been thought appropriate to do so. However, we do intend to consult the Registrar on the basis of the next available revised text.

  I should however indicate to the Sub-Committee that present expectations are that such a readmission agreement is unlikely to be used before the entry into force of the Amsterdam Treaty. At that stage, readmission will be an issue included in the First Pillar Free Movement Chapter, to which Community rules of data protection will apply. In accordance with its Protocol, the United Kingdom will at that stage be able to decide whether this is a measure in which it would wish to participate.

15 January 1999

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