Letter from the Chairman to Lord Pearson
Thank you very much for your letter of 6 March
concerning the Select Committee's current inquiry into "Public
awareness and the role of the House of Lords in the EU legislative
The Committee had originally set a deadline
of 6 February for written evidence submissions for this inquiry.
In the Weekly Bulletin dated 10 February this deadline
was extended until 28 February as the inquiry had, erroneously,
been left out of the Weekly Bulletin listings until the
issue of Friday 3 February.
At its meeting on Tuesday 14 February the Committee
deliberated on the written evidence it had received to date and,
as a result, decided to focus the inquiry on "Public Awareness
and the role of the House of Lords in the EU legislative process".
The Committee's revised focus for the inquiry was printed in the
Weekly Bulletin dated 17 February as follows, "the
Committee . . . decided, as a contribution to the fostering of
a more informed public understanding of the work of the EU, to
focus its inquiry on the identification of practical steps that
could be taken to broaden and improve public understanding of
the work of the House of Lords in scrutinising EU legislation.
The deadline for written evidence remained 28 February, allowing
just under two weeks for further written submissions, and witnesses
were called to give oral evidence on the basis of this revised
focus. This information was repeated in the Weekly Bulletin
dated 3 March, to which you refer in your letter.
Although the deadline for written evidence has
now officially expired I would be delighted to receive your views
on the inquiry, in the form of an official written submission
or otherwise, and would ensure they were drawn to the attention
of the Committee.
I hope this letter will clear up any lingering
misunderstandings about both the timing of the responses to our
call for evidence and the focus of our inquiry.
8 March 2006