Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from the Chairman to Stephen Ladyman MP, Minister of State for Transport, Department for Transport

Sub-Committee B considered this document and your Explanatory Memorandum at its meeting on 24 July 2006.

  We support the adoption of the new Convention and the wish of the Government to ratify it. However we note your strong concerns regarding the issue of competence. Could you provide us with a detailed account of the reasons for your reservations? Are you content that the draft Decision sufficiently clearly identifies and is restricted to those matters where the Community has established competence?

  Which areas within the Convention might trigger a claim by the Commission for Community competence in the future? We would also be grateful for an explanation of which EU measures "might require the UK to implement parts of the new Convention that are not mandatory, or to implement additional measures which go beyond those contained in the Convention".

  We will maintain scrutiny on the proposal at this stage.

25 July 2006

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