Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from the Chairman to Paul Goggins MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office

  Thank you for your letter of 11 January 2006[185] in reply to mine of 30 November. You will know that I had also written to you on 15 December, but I understand that this letter, reiterating some of my earlier points, did not reach you until 19 January.

  Sub-Committee F (Home Affairs) of the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union considered your letter at a meeting on 1 March.

  We are grateful for your full reply. Since the general approach of this Framework Decision was agreed at the JHA Council on 1-2 December, I can only put on record that we still believe that the scope of the Decision is too wide, both as to the breadth of the offences it covers and the persons to whom it applies.

  In particular, we remain unhappy about the data protection provisions. We do not believe that the amendments to article 9, to which you refer, will in any way safeguard information sent by a country which, like the UK, has relatively stringent data protection laws, to another country which does not.

  I copied to you my letter to the Information Commissioner of 15 December in which I sought his views on this and other matters. I look forward to receiving his views.

1 March 2006

185   Correspondence with Ministers, 45th Report of Session 2005-06, HL Paper 243, pp 518-520. Back

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