Select Committee on European Union Thirty-Seventh Report


Letter from Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the Chairman

  Thank you for the copy of your report on EU Legislation—Public Awareness of the Scrutiny Role of the House of Lords. The Government welcomes the quality of analysis and expertise, reflected in this report, that the Committee contributes on European issues.

  You asked to be kept informed of the Government's European Union public communications initiatives. The Government welcomes the Committee's support and interest in the Government's commitment to engaging and informing the UK public on EU issues and the future of Europe debate. In April, as well as the new website we also published an updated "Guide to the European Union". In June, we produced a short, animated one-minute guide to the EU which can be viewed on the website at

  The Government also continues to work in partnership with the European Commission and European Parliament to co-ordinate activities, including on implementation of Plan D. In particular, the Govenuent is working closely with the Commission to make the Europe Direct project a success. The first of these information centres was launched on 7 July in Plymouth, and we look forward to the remainder of the centres opening over the course of the next year.

  The Government will provide the Committee with further updates on our EU communications initiatives upon request.

  Your report recommended that more time should be made available for debates on your committee's reports and wider European issues. I understand that in this session 21 reports by your committee have been debated on the floor of the House of Lords. This compares well with 11 reports for all other committees of the House.

25 July 2006

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