Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from the Chairman to Lord Drayson, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence

  Thank you for your Explanatory Memorandum dated 28 February 2006 which Sub-Committee C considered at its meeting on 16 March. The Sub-Committee agreed to clear the document from scrutiny.

  We consider that the proposed Interpretative Communication would be a useful mechanism for ensuring that Art.296 is used more consistently across the Member States. We would like to reserve our position on the proposed Defence Directive until the draft text is available.

  In both cases we urge you to deposit versions of the draft texts along with Explanatory Memoranda at the earliest opportunity in order to allow as much time as possible for parliamentary scrutiny.

20 March 2006

Letter from Lord Drayson to the Chairman

  I was grateful for your letter of 20 March broadly endorsing the Government's Explanatory Memorandum response to the recent EC communication on Defence Procurement. I fully understand your Committee's reservation of its position on a Defence Directive.

  I will, of course, ensure that future draft texts are deposited with the Committee as quickly as possible. This is a matter of standing policy, to the extent that we are able. The European Commission is, of course, under no obligation to consult on the text of Interpretive Communications.

30 March 2006

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