European Union Committee Progress of Scrutiny Contents


SUB-COMMITTEE G

SOCIAL POLICY AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

MEMBERSHIP: Chairman: Baroness Howarth of Breckland

Lord Wade of Chorlton

Co-opted Members:

Lord Cotter, Lord Eames, Baroness Gale, Lord Inglewood, Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope, Lord Lea of Crondall, Baroness Morgan of Huyton, Baroness Perry of Southwark, Baroness Young of Hornsey.

(For further information please contact the Clerk, Kate Meanwell, 020 7219 3376)

I.  DOCUMENTS AWAITING CONSIDERATION BY THE SUB-COMMITTEE
No Documents awaiting consideration

II.  DOCUMENTS HELD UNDER SCRUTINY, AWAITING THE OUTCOME OF CORRESPONDENCE WITH MINISTERS
9554/05 Trans 108 COM (05) 246 Amended proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/88/EC concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time (DTI, now BERR)
Sifted 21 June 2005

Letters to the Government 21 Jul, 13 Oct, 1 Dec, 7 Dec 05, 12 Jan 06, 25 May, 20 Jul, 31 Oct, 3 Nov 06, 29 Nov 07, 28 Mar 08, 5 Jun 08 - John Hutton MP, Secretary of State;

Letters to the Chairman 12 Jul, 23 Aug, 9 Nov, 29 Nov, 6 Dec, 15 Dec 05, 19 May 06, 18 Jul, 11 Oct, 30 Oct, 31 Oct, 17 Nov 06, 30 May 07, 4 Sep 07, 22 Nov 07, 28 May 08, 20 Jun 08, 10 Sep 08, 23 Feb 09;

Minister gave oral evidence on 10 July - Report published 21 Oct 08 'Working time and temporary agency workers: towards EU agreement ' ( 26th Report, Session 2007-08, HL Paper 170)

6172/08 + ADD 1-4 COM (08) 40

SEM 6172/08 + ADD 1-4 COM (08) 40

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the provision of food information to consumers (FSA)

SUPPLEMENTARY EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the provision of food information to consumers (FSA)

Sifted 22 April 2008 Supplementary EM sifted 13 January 2009 Letter to the Government 2 May 08, 30 Jan 09 - Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP, Minister of State, Department of Health

Request for comments on various points

10176/08 COM (08) 320Proposal for a Council Decision authorising Member States to ratify, in the interests of the European Community, the Work in fishing Convention, 2007, of the International Labour Organisation (Convention 188) (DfT)
Sifted 8 July 2008 Letter to the Government 18 Jul 08 - Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Request for further information

11531/08 COM (08) 426Council Directive on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation (Government Equalities Office)
Sifted 3 July 2008 in advance of sift (EM received 14 July 08) (COSAC subsidiarity pilot) Letters to the Government 18 Jul 08, 13 Mar 09 Vera Baird QC MP, Solicitor General, Government Equalities Office; Letter to the Chairman 25 Feb 09

Awaiting clear Government approach and receipt of impact assessment and public consultation documentn

12892/08 REV 1 & 2, ADD 1 REV 1 COM (08) 530 VOL I

12892/08 REV 1 & 2 ADD 1 REV 1 COM (08) 530 VOL II

Proposal for a Council Decision concerning the conclusion, by the European Community, of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; (DWP)

Proposal for a Council Decision concerning the accession, by the European Community, to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (DWP)

Sifted 9 December 2008 Letter to the Government 16 Jan 09, 26 Feb 09 - Jonathan Shaw MP, Minister for Disabled People and Minister for the South East; Letter to the Chairman 29 Jan 09

Request for further information, for an Equality impact assessment, an Regulatory impact assessment and a supplementary EM once further progress has been made

13981/08 COM (08) 636Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the application of the principle of equal treatment between men and women engaged in an activity in a self-employed capacity and repealing Directive 86/613/EEC; Summary impact assessment (DWP + BERR, HM Treasury, HMRC)
Sifted 25 November 2008 Letter to the Government 12 Dec 08 - Pat McFadden MP, Minister of state for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs , BERR and Jonathan Shaw MP, Minister for Disabled People and Minster for the South East, DWP and Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury

Request for response to various points

13983/08 + ADD 1, 2 COM (08) 637 Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 92/85/EEC on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health at work of pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth or are breastfeeding; Impact Assessment (BERR)
Sifted 4 November 2008 Letter to the Government 24 Nov 08, 23 Jan 09 - Pat McFadden MP, Minister of State for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs; Letter to the Chairman 15 Dec 08

Minister gave oral evidence on 12 Mar 09

Request for further information

16521/08 + ADD 1, 2 COM (08) 818

16545/08 + ADD 1, 2 COM (08) 819

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on standards of quality and safety of human organs intended for transplantation; Commission staff working document - Impact assessment; Commission staff working document - Summary of impact assessment;

Communication from the Commission on the Action Plan on Organ Donation and Transplantation (2009-2015): Strengthened Cooperation between Member States; Commission staff working document - Impact assessment; Commission staff working document - Summary of impact assessment (DoH)

Sifted 13 January 2009 Letter to the Government 30 Jan 09, 5 Mar 09 - Dawn Primarolo MP, Minister of State for Public Health; Letter to the Chairman 11 Feb 09

Request for clarification, for further information and progress reports as negotiations progress

17430/08 + ADD 1, 2 COM (08) 837 Proposal for a Council recommendation on patient safety, including the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections; Commission staff working document - Impact assessment; Commission staff working document - Summary of impact assessment (DoH)
Sifted 20 January 2009 Letters to the Government 30 Jan 09, 26 Feb 09 - Dawn Primarolo MP, Department of Health and Ben Bradshaw MP, Minister for Health Services; Letter to the Chairman 9 Feb 09 Considered at meeting 19 Mar 09 - Letter to follow

Request for update on amendments to original proposal in light of Member State's concerns

17499/08 COM (08) 663

17498/08 + ADD 1,2 COM (08) 662

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending, as regards information to the general public on medicinal products subject to medical prescription, Directive 2001/83/EC on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use; Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending, as regards information to the general public on medicinal products subject to medical prescription, Regulation (EC) No 726/2004 laying down Community procedures for the authorisation and supervision of medicinal products for human and veterinary use and establishing a European Medicines Agency; Commission staff working document - Impact assessment; Commission staff working document - Summary impact assessment (DoH)
Sifted 20 January 2009 Letter to the Government 30 Jan 09 - Dawn Primarolo MP, Minister of State for Public Health; Letter to the Chairman 4 Feb 09
17501/08 + ADD 1,2,3 COM (08) 664

17502/08 COM (08) 665

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending, as regards Pharmacovigilance of Medicinal Products for Human Use, Regulation (EC) No 726/2004 laying down Community Procedures for the authorization and supervision of Medicinal Products for Human and Veterinary Use and Establishing a European Medicine Agency; Commission staff working document - Impact assessment (Volume I); Commission staff working document - Annexes to Report on impact assessment (Volume II); Commission staff working document - Summary of impact assessment;

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending, as regards Pharmacovigilance, Directive 2001/83/EC on the Community Code relating to Medicinal Products for Human Use (DoH)

Sifted 27 January 2009 Letter to the Government 6 Feb 09 - Dawn Primarolo MP, Minister of State for Public Health

Request for clarification, for outcome of Government consultation and for information on progress of negotiations

17503/08 COM (08) 666Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: "Safe, innovative and Accessible Medicines: a Renewed Vision for the Pharmaceutical Sector" (DoH)
Sifted 20 January 2009 Letter to the Government 30 Jan 09 - Dawn Primarolo MP, Minister of State for Public Health

Request for Governments views non-legislative aspects of Communication

17504/08 + ADD 1, 2 COM (08) 668 Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2001/83/EC as regards the prevention of the entry into the legal supply chain of medicinal products which are falsified in relation to their identity, history or source; Commission staff working document - Impact assessment; Commission staff working document - Summary of impact assessment (DoH)
Sifted 27 January 2009 Letter to the Government 6 Feb 09 - Dawn Primarolo MP, Minister of State for Public Health

Request for clarification, for outcome of Government consultation and for information on progress of negotiations

5237/09 COM (08) 892 Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an Audiovisual Cooperation Programme with Professionals from Third Countries - MEDIA Mundus (DCMS)
Sifted 3 February 2009 Letter to the Government 26 Feb 09 - Barbara Follett MP, Minister for Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism

Request for further information and for an update on Government's position in due course

III.  DOCUMENTS UNDER SCRUTINY:

In connection with the Sub-Committee's Report published 24 Feb 09 "Healthcare across EU borders: a safe framework" (4th Report Session 2008-09, HL Paper 30)
11327/08 + ADD 1 11307/08 + ADD 1,2,3 COM (08) 414 COM (08) 415 Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare; A Community Framework on the application of patients' rights in cross border healthcare (DoH)
Sifted 22 July 2008 Minister of State for Public Health, Dawn Primarolo MP, gave oral evidence on 30 Oct 08; EU Commissioner for Health, Andrailla Vassilion, gave oral evidence on 15 Jan 09

In connection with the Sub-Committee's Inquiry into "Consumer rights"
14183/08 + ADD 1,2,3 COM (08) 614 Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on consumer rights; Commission staff working document - Impact Assessment; Commission staff working document - Impact Assessment summary (BERR)
Sifted 4 November 2008 Letters to the Government 24 Nov 08, 30 Jan 09 - Gareth Thomas MP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Consumer Affairs; Letters to the Chairman 9 Jan 09, 4 Mar 09; Considered at meeting 19 Mar 09 - Letter to follow

Request for further information, details on outcome of Government consultation and updated impact assessment




iv.  Documents cleared from scrutiny, awaiting outcome of Correspondence with Ministers

Refer to Sub-Committee Clerk for Details

v.   Reports awaiting Government Response:
DoHHealthcare across EU borders: a safe framework (4th Report, Session 2008-09, HL Paper 30)

Response due 24 April 09



 
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