Select Committee on European Union Written Evidence

Letter from Lord Pearson to the Chairman

  I am sorry to be even more of a nuisance, following my letter to Simon Burton of 27 February, but I note from the Weekly Bulletin of 3 March that your Committee's contemplated exercise was changed on 14 February from "A role for the House of Lords in presenting and explaining the EU" to "Public awareness and the role of the House of Lords in the EU legislative process", which would appear to be somewhat different?

  Yet I note that the (revised) deadline for evidence remained 28 February, and had therefore expired before the Bulletin was issued. I appreciate that your Committee remains keen to make "a contribution to the fostering of a more informed public understanding of the work of the EU" (despite the views you received from me and I gather other Noble Lords), but surely we should have another period in which to submit evidence on the new proposal? Or is it going to be the same old wolf, just dressed up in sheep's clothing? And surely the new proposal still falls outside your terms of reference?

  Forgive me, but I don't understand what is going on, and I am not alone!

6 March 2006

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