Select Committee on European Union Progress of Scrutiny Twelfth Report


SUB-COMMITTEE G

SOCIAL POLICY AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

MEMBERSHIP: Chairman: Baroness Thomas of Walliswood

Lord Harrison

Co-opted Members:

Lord Colwyn, Earl of Dundee, Baroness Gale, Baroness Greengross, Baroness Howarth of Breckland, Baroness Morgan of Huyton, Lord Moser (for consumer credit inquiry only), Baroness Neuberger, Lord Trefgarne.

 (For further information please contact the Clerk, Gordon Baker, 020 7219 6635)

i.  Documents awaiting consideration by the sub-committee
*15615/05Proposal for a Regulation concerning the production and development of statistics on education and lifelong learning (Department for Education and Skills)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 7 March 2006)
*5853/06Proposal for a Council Decision on Guidelines for the Employment Policies of the Member States (DWP)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 28 February 2006)
*5896/06Proposal for a Regulation laying down the procedure for implementing Regulation (EC) No 883/2004 on the coordination of social security systems to employed persons, to self-employed persons and to members of their families moving within the Community (DWP)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 28 February 2006)

ii.  Awaiting the outcome of Correspondence with Ministers, or held under scrutiny
11572/04 + Add 1(Supplementary em [4.11.04] ) Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Culture 2007 programme (2007-2013); (COM(04) 469) and Add 1: Commission staff working paper - Extended Impact Assessment, (SEC(04) 954) (Culture, Media & Sport)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 16 November 2004. Letter of 24 November to the Rt Hon Estelle Morris MP, Minister for the Arts, Culture, Media & Sport; reply 4 January 2005. Another letter sent 27 January; reply 21 February. Considered at meeting of 9 March and retained under scrutiny pending receipt of the Minister's report on the EU Cultural Affairs Committee meeting of 7 March. Further reply 6 April. Another letter sent 14 June to the Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State, DCM&S; reply 12 July on the Education Youth & Culture/Audiovisual Council of 14-15 November 2005. Letter of 13 October to the Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State, DCM&S; reply 6 November; follow-up letter 20 December; reply 12 January 2006. Partial political agreement secured at November 2005 Education, Youth and Culture Council on all but budgetary aspects which are expected to be resolved during the current year)
12002/04Communication from the Commission: - Partnership for change in an enlarged Europe - Enhancing the contribution of European social dialogue (DTI) (COM(04) 557)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 12 October 2004. Letter of 28 October to Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Competition & Consumers, DTI; reply 19 July 2005. Letter of 13 October to Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Consumers and Postal Services, DTI)
15570/04 & 15614/04(+ Supplementary em's [1.4.05] ) Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules on nominal quantities for pre-packed products, repealing Council Directives 75/106/EEC and 80/232/EEC, and amending Council Directive 76/211/EEC (DTI) (COM(04) 708)
(15570/04) Sifted in Chairman's sift of 25 January 2005. Letter of 7 February to Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Competition & Consumers, DTI. (15614/04) Sifted in Chairman's sift of 8 February and scrutiny combined Another letter sent 28 February. Supplementary em's sifted 5 April. Further letters sent (i) 14 June, reply 13 July; and (ii) 22 July; reply 3 September from Alun Michael MP, Minister for Industry and the Regions, DTI; reply 13 October. Reply 10 November from Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Competition and Consumers, DTI; reply 24 November. Letter of 16 February 2006 from Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Competition and Consumers, DTI; reply 9 March)
7607/05Communication from the European Commission: Green Paper "Confronting demographic change: a new solidarity between the generations" (Department for Work and Pensions) (COM(05) 94)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 14 June 2005. Letter of 12 July to James Plaskitt MP, PUSS, DWP; reply 29 November. Letter of 12 January 2006 to James Plaskitt MP, PUSS, DWP; reply 7 March)
8064/05 + Add 1Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of Regions: Healthier, safer, more confident citizens: a Health and Consumer Protection Strategy

Proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Programme of Community action in the field of Health and Consumer Protection 2007-2013 (Health)

(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 11 October 2005. Letter of 31 October to Lord Warner, Minister of State for Delivery, Department of Health, held under scrutiny)
8154/05 + Add 1 Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing for the period 2007-2013 the programme "Citizens for Europe" to promote active European Citizenship, (COM(05) 116); and Add 1: Commission Staff Working Document - Annex with Impact Assessment, (SEC(05) 442) (Culture, Media & Sport)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 14 June 2005. Letter of 28 June to the Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State, DCMS, awaiting RIA; reply 12 July on the Education Youth & Culture/Audiovisual Council of 14-15 November 2005. Letter of 13 October to the Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State, DCM&S)
9554/05 Trans 108Amended proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/88/EC concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time (DTI) (COM(05) 246) (G)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 21 June 2005. Letter of 8 July to Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Competition & Consumers, DTI. Letter of 12 July from Gerry Sutcliffe MP, attaching an initial RIA. Further letter sent 21 July; reply 23 August. Letter of 13 October to Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Consumers and Postal services, DTI; reply 9 November. Letter of 29 November from Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Consumers and Postal services, DTI, progress update. Letter of 1 December to Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Consumers and Postal Services, DTI; reply 6 December. Cleared by letter of 7 December to Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Consumers and Postal Services, DTI. Follow up letter of 15 December from Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Consumers and Postal Services, DTI. Letter of 12 January 2006 to Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Consumers and Postal Services, DTI; Presidency conclusions were not accepted at the December Council and still remains under scrutiny)
10822/05 + Add 1Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee - launching a debate on a Community approach towards eco-labelling schemes for fisheries products, (COM(05) 275); and Add 1: Commission Staff Working Document - Annex with Impact Assessment, (SEC(05) 840) (Defra)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 19 July 2005. Letter of 13 October to Ben Bradshaw MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Defra, retained under scrutiny)
11189/05Commission Staff Working Document: Towards a European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (DFES)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 18 October 2005. Letter of 4 November to Bill Rammell MP, Minister for Life-long Learning, Further and Higher Education, Department for Education and Skills, held under scrutiny; reply 23 January 2006. Letter of 13 February to Bill Rammell MP, Minister for Life-long Learning, Further and Higher Education, Department for Education and Skills)
11704/05Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council: The European Indicator of Language Competence (Education & Skills)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 4 October 2005. Letter of 4 November toBill Rammell MP, Minister for Life-long Learning, Further and Higher Education, Department for Education and Skills, held under scrutiny)
12143/05Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Monitoring Centre for drugs and drug addiction (Health)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 11 October 2005. Letter of 4 November to Lord Warner, Minister of State for Delivery, Department of Health, held under scrutiny)
12639/05Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council on trans-national mobility within the Community for education and training purposes: European Quality Charter for Mobility (DFES)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 18 October 2005. Letter of 4 November to Bill Rammell MP, Minister for Life-long Learning, Further and Higher Education, Department for Education and Skills, held under scrutiny; reply 11 January 2006. Letter of 13 February to Bill Rammell MP, Minister for Life-long Learning, Further and Higher Education, Department for Education and Skills)
12981/05 + Add 1 and Add 2 Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on i2010: digital libraries (DFCMS)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 1 November 2005. Letter of 24 November to Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State, DCM&S, held under scrutiny)
13094/05 + Add 1Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and the Council concerning the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (2008) (DFCMS)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 1 November 2005. Letter of 22 November to David Lammy MP, Minister of Culture, DCM&S, held under scrutiny; reply 19 February)
13425/05Proposal for a Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council on key competences for lifelong learning (DFES)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 6 December 2005. Letter of 2 February to Bill Rammell MP, Minister for Life-long Learning, Further and Higher Education, Department for Education and Skills, held under scrutiny)
13442/05Green Paper: Improving the Mental Health of the Population. Towards a Strategy on mental Health for the European Union (Health)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 8 November 2005. Letter of 1 December to Rosie Winterton MP, Minister of Health Services, Department of Health, held under scrutiny; reply 20 December. Letter of 12 January 2006 to Rosie Winterton MP, Minister for Health Services, Health)
*13531/05Amended Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Social Fund (DWP)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 14 February 2006. Letter of 9 March to James Plaskitt MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions, held under scrutiny)
13568/05A Proposed Council Directive of 12 October 2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the placing on the market of Pyrotechnic Articles (DTI)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 13 December 2005. Letter of 26 January 2006 to Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Consumers and Postal Services, DTI, held under scrutiny; reply 24 February)
13686/05 + Add 1 Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to the Improvement of the Portability of Supplementary Pension Rights (Department for Work and Pensions)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 15 November 2005. Letter of 1 December to Stephen Timms MP, Minister of State for Pension Reform, Department for Work and Pensions, held under scrutiny)
15023/05 + Add 1European Commission proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products and amending Directive 2001/83/EC and Regulation (EC) No 726/2004 (Health)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 19 December 2005. Letter of 10 February 2006 to Rt Hon Jane Kennedy MP, Minister of State, Department of Health, held under scrutiny)
15127/05Communication on Pandemic Influenza preparedness and response planning in the European Community (Health)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 19 December 2005. Letter of 1 February 2006 to Rosie Winterton MP, Minister for Health Services, Department of Health, held under scrutiny; reply 19 February. Letter of 9 March to Rosie Winterton MP, Minister for Health Services, Department of Health, retained under scrutiny)
15902/05Proposal for a Council Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council covering the definition, description, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks (Defra)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 31 January 2006. Letter of 2 March to Lord Bach Parliamentary Under Secretary (Sustainable Farming and Food, Defra, held under scrutiny)
5072/06 + Add 1Commission proposal amending Council Directive 90/385/EEC and 93/42/EEC and Directive 98/8/EC of The European Parliament and The Council as regards the Review of the Medical Device Directive (Health)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 31 January 2006. Letter of 2 March to Rt Hon Jane Kennedy MP, Minister of State, Department of Health, held under scrutiny)

iii  Document under scrutiny

In connection with the Sub-Committee's inquiry into Consumer Credit Harmonisation
13193/05Modified proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on credit agreements for consumers amending Directive 93/13/EEC (DTI)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 8 November 2005. Letter of 18 November to Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Consumers and Postal Services, DTI, held under scrutiny until completion of the resumed Inquiry)




 
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