Letter from The Rt Hon Peter Hain MP,
Minister for Europe
Following on from the evidence I gave to the Committee
on Tuesday, I promised to write with details of the status of
the framework decision on the European Arrest Warrant.
The text of the framework decision has now been provisionally
agreed in principle by all member states. It is still subject
to a number of national scrutiny reservations. The European Parliament
is due to consider the framework decision on 21/22 January 2002,
and we expect it to give its opinion to the Council shortly thereafter.
We hope that the Council will be in a position to adopt the framework
decision after that. The Committee has a copy of the latest version
of the document (COPEN 79 REV1, Brussels 10 December 2001), and
an Explanatory Memorandum has been submitted.
Bob Ainsworth, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
at the Home Office, has given evidence on the European Arrest
Warrant to Committees in both Houses. As I promised, I am drawing
the points made by the Committee yesterday to the Home Secretary's
attention and my Home Office colleagues will be able to answer
any further questions from the Committee.
20 December 2001