Select Committee on European Communities Second Report


Letter from Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee, to Lord Donoughue, Parliamentary Secretary Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

  I am writing to let you know that Sub-Committee D considered and cleared this proposal at their meeting on 21 July.

  The Sub-Committee agreed that most of the proposal seems sensible, but shared the concern hinted at in paragraph 9 of your memorandum that the removal of the requirement on the Commission to submit an annual report to the Council would reduce the Council's ability to monitor the regime effectively. I am therefore writing to support and reinforce your opposition to the proposal to remove Article 11 from Regulation 1696/71, and would be grateful if you could provide an update when negotiations on the proposals begin.

22 July 1999

Letter from the Rt Hon Joyce Quin MP, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, to Lord Tordoff, Chairman of the Committee

  Thank you for your letter of 22 July to Bernard Donoughue informing him of the views of your Committee. You acknowledged the point, raised in paragraph 9 of Explanatory Memorandum 9591/99 of 5 July 1999 concerning hops, that following the deletion of Article 11 of Council Regulation (EEC) No 1696/71 the Council would have no evidence on which to monitor the effectiveness of the above regime.

  The latest amended proposal includes a new Article 1(2) to replace the existing Article 12(6) of Council Regulation (EEC) No 1696/71. The text makes any amendment to the aid rate subject to the consideration of the market situation. The market situation would be obtained by the continued requirement of Member States to supply, on an annual basis, harvest data as required by Commission Regulation 776/73, which is made under Article 18 of Council Regulation (EEC) No 1696/71.

  We are now content that the addition of Article 1(2) to the proposal amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 1696/71 provides a pragmatic approach to the problem previously identified.

  Your Committee will also wish to note that the amending regulation, if adopted, will apply from 1 January 2000 in its entirety. Previously, the deletion of Article 11 was to take effect on the seventh day following the publication of the Regulation in the Official Journal, whilst other aspects of the amendment were to have applied from 1 January 2000.

17 January 2000

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