SOCIAL POLICY AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS (SUB-COMMITTEE
ADDITION OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS TO FOOD
Letter from Caroline Flint MP, Parliamentary
Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Department of Health
to the Chairman
I am writing to report progress of the negotiations
on this proposal. The Committee was informed on 17 February of
the adoption of the Council's Common Position text at the Health
Council in December 2005. This allowed the European Parliament
to commence its second reading scrutiny in January of this year.
The amendments proposed by the Parliament's
rapporteur were relatively minor and bore no policy implications
for the UK. The issues have now been resolved to the satisfaction
of the Parliament and Council and a second reading deal should
follow the vote in the plenary session of the European Parliament
in the week commencing 15 May. The UK is content with the likely
second reading deal. This proposal has several cross-references
to the proposal on nutrition and health claims made on foods (on
which I am writing separately), and for this reason the European
institutions have been taking the two proposals together.
A second reading deal would allow formal adoption
of the Regulation, with entry into force some six months later.
The timing of adoption of the Regulation is largely dependent
on progress with the claims proposal and I will write again when
the position is clearer. While the Regulation will be directly
applicable in the UK, statutory instruments in England and each
of the devolved administrations would be required to set penalties
4 May 2006
Letter from the Chairman to Caroline Flint
Thank you for your letter dated 4 May which
was considered by Sub-Committee G on 18 May.
We note that outstanding issues, which were
relatively minor and had no policy implications for the UK, have
now been resolved to the satisfaction of the European Parliament
(EP) and the Council and that the UK is content with the Second
Reading deal which is likely to follow a vote in a plenary session
in the EP this week.
We also note that the timing of formal adoption
will depend on progress in resolving the related dossier on Nutrition
and Health Claims in Food Labelling (reference 11646/03), about
which you also wrote to me on the same date.
As you know, this document has already been
cleared from scrutiny but we are grateful to you for promising
to report further developments.
19 May 2006