Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


COMPETITIVENESS AND INNOVATION FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME 2007-2013 (8081/05)

Letter from the Chairman to Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, Minister of State for Industry and the Regions, Department of Trade and Industry

  Thank you for your letter of 19 December 2005[22] in response to mine of 22 June 2005[23] which Sub-Committee B considered at its meeting on 23 January 2006.

  Members found your answers to their queries helpful and we are therefore content to lift scrutiny on this document. We noted with concern that your letter of 19 December 2005 was in reply to mine of 22 June 2005 and I would be grateful if you could explain this extraordinarily long gap.

25 January 2006

Letter from Rt Hon Alun Michael MP to the Chairman

  I am grateful for your letter of 25 January in which you lifted scrutiny on this document.

  I regret that the further information you requested in your letter of 22 June 2005 was not supplied until 19 December 2005. It seems that your letter of 22 June was correctly addressed to me but to the ministerial title of my colleague, Ian Pearson, the "Minister of Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs" at his King Charles Street address. This may account for it not reaching this department's correspondence system until December.

  Since last June, the Department has undertaken to ensure that all parliamentary scrutiny correspondence is replied to within 10 days so our intention is clear and we have put in place mechanisms which reflect this intention.

27 February 2006

Letter from the Chairman to Rt Hon Alun Michael MP

  Thank you for your letter of 27 February 2006, replying to my letter of 25 January. Sub-Committee B considered this letter at its meeting on 13 March 2006.

  The Sub-Committee was grateful for your explanation for the delay in responding to the letter of 22 June, and we thank you for putting in place mechanisms to ensure that future correspondence is replied to within 10 days. We apologise for any part we may have played in this delay.

15 March 2006



22   Correspondence with Ministers 45th Report of Session 2005-06, HL Paper 243, pp 96-97. Back

23   Correspondence with Ministers 45th Report of Session 2005-06, HL Paper 243, p 96. Back


 
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