Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


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

  Sub-Committee B considered this document at its meeting on 6 March 2006.

  We note that several key details of the proposal, in particular the scope and scale of penalties for poor performance, have yet to emerge. We also note that UK industry seems unconvinced over the necessity or proportionality of the creation of an independent supervisory body, and over the value of reform of the system of recognition to a qualitative criteria.

  We would be grateful if you could keep us abreast of any developments on the proposed measure as discussions progress, and will maintain scrutiny on this document pending resolution of the above concerns.

8 March 2006

Letter from Stephen Ladyman MP to the Chairman

  Thank you for your letter of 8 March, in which you maintained the scrutiny reserve.

  I note the comments that you raise in your letter and I will as requested write to update the Committee on developments once discussions progress on this dossier. As you will have seen from the Explanatory Memorandum, it seems unlikely that there will be any working group discussion of this proposal for some time to come. It is possible that the Finns may be able to begin discussions on the dossier, but this is not considered likely and I understand that the Germans do not intend to take it forward under their own Presidency.

  I will also, of course, keep you informed of the position in the European Parliament, though again, no timetable for this has yet been set.

24 March 2006

Letter from the Chairman to Stephen Ladyman MP

  Thank you for your letter of 24 March 2006, replying to my letter of 8 March. Sub-Committee B considered your letter at its meeting on 19 April 2006.

  We note that this dossier is unlikely to be taken forward in the Finnish or the German Presidencies and would be grateful for news of any developments as and when they emerge. We will maintain the scrutiny reserve at this stage.

24 April 2006

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