Select Committee on European Union Written Evidence

Letter from Lord Pearson to the Chairman

  Could I add a P.S. to my letter of yesterday inspired by your helpful intervention on my starred Q (yesterday)?

  This is that it would be helpful if your new initiative could report on how often the scrutiny reserve has been over-ridden by the Government over recent years, say since 1996? When I was on the Committee (1992-96) the Government used the over-ride quite sparingly, and usually with some semblance of good reason. How often have they used it in each year since then, and what were their resons? I hope this is helpful.

24 March 2006

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