Select Committee on European Union Progress of Scrutiny Sixth 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 Massey of Darwen, 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
*12805/05Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation and evaluation of Community activities 2002-2003 in favour of consumers under the General Framework as established by Decision 2831/1999/EC (DTI)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 1 November 2005)
*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)
*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)

ii.  Awaiting the outcome of Correspondence with Ministers, or held under scrutiny
8131/04 Ecofin 119Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: Modernising social protection for the development of high-quality, accessible and sustainable health care and long-term care: support for the national strategies using the "open method of coordination". (Health) (COM(04) 304)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 18 May 2004. Letter of 27 May to the Rt Hon John Hutton MP, Minister of State, Department of Health; reply 20 September. Further letters sent (i) 21 October, reply 24 March 2005; and (ii) 7 April. Letter of 1 July from Rosie Winterton MP, Minister of State, Health, enclosing the UK National Report for the Open Method of co-ordination on Health Care and Long-Term Care. Further letter sent 21 July to Rosie Winterton MP, Minister of State, Health)
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)
11949/04 + Add 1 Ecofin 291Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity - PROGRESS, (COM(04) 488); and Add 1: Commission staff working paper setting out the Directorate General for Employment's internal ex-ante evaluation of the proposal, (SEC(04) 936). (Work & Pensions).
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 12 October 2004. Letter of 28 October to Chris Pond MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Work & Pensions. Letter of 30 September 2005 from James Plaskitt MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Works and Pension. Letter of 4 November to Bill Rammell MP, Minister for Life-long Learning, Further and Higher Education, Department for Education and Skills)
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(+ Supplementary em [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)
(See also doc 15614/04. Sifted in Chairman's sift of 25 January 2005. Letter of 7 February to Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Competition & Consumers, DTI. Another letter sent 28 February. Supplementary em sifted 5 April. Further letters sent (i) 14 June, reply 13 July; and (ii) 22 July; reply 3 September. Letter of 13 October to Alun Michael MP, Minister for Industry and the Regions, DTI)
15614/04(+ Supplementary em [1.4.05] ) Commission Staff Working Document - 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) (SEC(04) 1298)
(See also doc 15570/04. Sifted in Chairman's sift of 8 February 2005. Letter of 28 February to Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Competition & Consumers, DTI. Supplementary em sifted 5 April. Further letters sent (i) 14 June, reply 13 July; and (ii) 22 July; reply 3 September. Letter of 13 October to Alun Michael MP, Minister for Industry and the Regions, DTI)
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)
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)
(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)
9883/05 + Add 1 Codec 482Proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All (2007) Towards a Just Society, (COM(05) 225); and Add 1: Commission Staff Working Document - Annex with ex-ante evaluation and impact assessment, (SEC(05) 690). (DTI)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 5 July 2005. Letter of 21 July to Meg Munn MP, Deputy Minister for Women & Equality, DTI. Letter of 31 October to Meg Munn, MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Women and Equality, DTI)
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)
11500/05Green Paper on Mortgage Credit in the EU. (HM Treasury)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 4 October 2005. Letter of 31 October to Ivan Lewis MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, HM Treasury, held under scrutiny)
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)
11865/05Amended proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the implementation of the principle of equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation (recast version). (DTI)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 4 October 2005. Letter of 20 October to Meg Munn, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Women and Equality, DTI, 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 )

iii  Documents under scrutiny

In connection with the Sub-Committee's inquiry into Consumer Credit Harmonisation
14246/04 Amended proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the harmonisation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning credit for consumers repealing Directive 87/102/EC and modifying Directive 93/13/EC. (DTI) (COM(04) 747)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 7 December 2004. Letter of 13 January 2005 to Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations, Competition & Consumers, DTI; reply 2 March. Further letters sent (i) 7 April, reply 6 June; and (ii) 20 June. Separate letter sent 30 June from Baroness Thomas of Walliswood to Gerry Sutcliffe MP. Interim report published 27 July: EU 13th Report HL Paper 37, Session 2005-06. Letter of 17 August to Baroness Thomas of Walliswood from Gerry Sutcliffe MP; reply 18 October)

In connection with the Sub-Committee's inquiry into Paediatric Medicines
13880/04 + Add 1Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on medicinal products for paediatric use and amending Regulation (EEC) No.1768/92, Directive 2001/83/EC and Regulation (EC) No.726/2004, (COM(04) 599); and Add 1: Commission Staff Working Paper, (SEC(04) 1144). (Health)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 16 November 2004. Letter of 9 December to the Lord Warner, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Health. Letter of 11 July 2005 from the Rt Hon Jane Kennedy MP, Minister of State, Health; reply 24 September. Further letter sent 21 July to the Rt Hon Jane Kennedy MP, Minister of State, Health. Considered at meeting of 20 October)

In connection with the Sub-Committee's inquiry into European Institute for Gender Equality
7244/05 + Add 1Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a European Institute for Gender Equality, (COM(05) 81); and Add 1: Commission Staff Working Document - Annex, (SEC(05) 328) (DTI)
(Sifted in Chairman's sift of 5 April 2005. Letter of 14 June to Meg Munn MP, Deputy Minister for Women & Equality, DTI; letter of 23 June from Meg Munn MP. Letter of 4 July to James Plaskitt MP, PUSS, Department for Work & Pensions, makes reference to this doc. Reply of 17 July to letter of 14 June from Meg Munn MP. Further letter sent 21 July to Meg Munn MP, Deputy Minister for Women & Equality, DTI. Further letter sent 31 October Meg Munn MP, Deputy Minister for Women & Equality, DTI)



 
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