Letter from the Chairman to Mr David Jamieson
MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport
Thank you for your Explanatory Memorandum dated
18 July 2002 which Sub-Committee B considered at its meeting on
14 October 2002.
Like you, we would prefer that the Commission
did not pursue this proposalat least until the outcome
of the diplomatic conference on the supplementary fund is known.
We are not persuaded by any of the arguments advanced by the Commission
of the need for the proposal at this stage. We fully support the
line the Government is taking in negotiation.
We note that in practice it is unlikely that
the Commission's proposal will be taken forward by the next two
presidencies of the Council of the EU, but we think it important
that the Government continue to resist attempts by the Commission
to finalise the proposal in a way that might be harmful to international
We therefore maintain the Scrutiny reserve on
this document until the outcome of the supplementary fund diplomatic
conference is known.
21 October 2002