18 JANUARY 2000
By the Select Committee appointed to consider European
Union documents and other matters relating to the European Union.
Ordered to Report
CORRESPONDENCE WITH MINISTERS
1. As part of its work on European Union documents,
the Select Committee sends letters to Ministers to express its
views on documents under scrutiny. The procedure of sending a
letter may be adopted when the timetable of the Council of Ministers
is too short for the Committee to make a report, or if the enquiry
indicates that the points at issue do not warrant a full report.
2. The Committee considers that the attention of
the House should now be drawn to letters which it has sent since
the last volume of correspondence was issued, together with replies
received from Ministers. It includes letters sent by the Committee
and replies received since July 1999.
3. This Report contains letters relating to policy
issues. It also contains, in an Appendix, a list of cases where
the Committee has been unable to scrutinise documents effectively.
Government responses to the Committee's Reports, and any correspondence
arising therefrom, are now printed in separate Reports.
4. The two immediately previous volumes of Correspondence
with Ministers were published as the 4th Report, 1998-99 (HL
Paper 24) and the 17th Report, 1998-99 (HL Paper 94).
1 The first volume of Government Responses is available
as HL Paper 94, 13th Report, 1999-2000. Back