Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from Ben Bradshaw MP, Minister for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to the Chairman

  I am writing to give you details of the above proposal, which is scheduled for political agreement as an A point at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council due to be held on Monday 22 May.

  I am also writing to update you on developments regarding Explanatory Memorandum 8142 of 23 May 2005 on a proposal establishing Community financial measures for the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy. I last wrote to you about this proposal on 9 November 2005.[77]

  Since then, several discussions have taken place in the Internal Fisheries Group, the most recent of which was on 30 March. in the light of these discussions the Austrian Presidency produced a final compromise proposal (Doc 7133/2/06 REV 2), a copy of which is enclosed (not printed). The details of the changes made are set out in the Annex to this letter.

  In the circumstances it is dearly desirable for this proposal to be adopted by the Council and unfortunate that scrutiny procedure could not be completed in time. I wish to inform the Committee of the Government's decision to proceed.

22 May 2006

Letter from the Chairman to Ben Bradshaw MP

  Thank you for your letter dated 22 May 2006 which EU Sub-Committee D (Environment and Agriculture) considered at their meeting on 7 June.

  The proposal was deposited with the Committee in May 2005. The accompanying Explanatory Memorandum provided little information on the Government's negotiating stance as much depended on the ongoing EU budget negotiations. You wrote further on 9 November 2005 to provide more detail, but, given that the next Financial Perspective still remained undecided, the Committee decided to retain the proposal under scrutiny pending further developments.

  The budget was agreed by the European Council in December 2005 and we note from your most recent letter that the above proposal was adopted by the Agriculture Council before scrutiny clearance had been given. We note that the proposal was adopted on the same day that your letter was dated. We consider it particularly disappointing that you were unable to write to the Committee at an earlier stage to alert Members to developments on the proposal, given that discussions had been continuing in the Internal Fisheries Group.

  We ask that due account be taken in future to alert to the Committee to possible consideration of legislation in Council in order that the Committee's scrutiny role can be fulfilled before the proposal is considered in Council. The Committee decided to clear the proposal from scrutiny.

14 June 2006

77   Correspondence with Ministers, 45th Report of Session 2005-06, HL Paper 243, pp 325-326. Back

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