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Legislative Scrutiny

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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37.

To ask the President of the Council what plans the Government have to make proposals to improve scrutiny of European legislation. [107452]

I refer the hon. Member to the Government's positive responses to the report of the European Scrutiny Committee on European Scrutiny in the Commons (Second Special Report from the European Scrutiny Committee, Session 2001–02, HC 1256) and to the report of the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union entitled "Review of Scrutiny of European Legislation" (available on the Parliament website).

38.

To ask the President of the Council what proposals he has to improve scrutiny of legislation throughout the Parliamentary Session. [107453]

The proposals agreed by the House last October for more routine publication of Bills in draft, for consultation with opposition parties on the broad shape of the legislative year and more flexibility in programming, and for carry-over of Bills, should contribute to improved scrutiny of legislation.