Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from Tony McNulty MP, Minister of State, Home Office to the Chairman

  I am conscious that my predecessor agreed to provide a Government view on whether or not the above proposal would add value to the existing instruments and associated police co-operation arrangements. Your letter of 26 October 2005[190] last refers.

  I apologise for the delay but this proposal and related matters have been appearing informally in a number of EU forums during the intervening period and it was felt prudent to map (and influence) developments before providing the reassurance you sought.

  The UK line throughout has been to limit any potential impact to areas in which the EU has competence and to any specific measures that would add value to the wide range of instruments and associated arrangements that already exist in respect of European-wide police co-operation. That view is shared by many other Member States and at the last meeting of the JHA Police Co-operation Working Group, it was agreed that the way forward was to make better use of existing cross-border related instruments rather than support this proposal.

  You will gather from this that whilst the Government wholly supports the core principle of enhancing cross border co-operation, we have never been convinced of the need for or value of this particular proposal and welcome the decision taken at the Police Co-operation Working Group Meeting.

19 July 2006

190   Correspondence with Ministers, 45th Report of Session 2005-06, HL Paper 243, p 554. Back

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