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