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Infraction Proceedings

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many infraction proceedings for breach of EU (a) legislation and (b) treaties were outstanding against the United Kingdom at each formal stage notified to Government at the end of each calendar year since 1990; and how many were outstanding against the Governments of Scotland and Wales in each year since devolution. (80076)

A table setting out the number of infraction proceedings brought against the UK at each formal stage in the calendar years stated is as follows. The records kept by the Government concerning reasoned opinions only started during 1998, which means that the figure for 1998 is incomplete, and the records concerning cases before the court are only available since 1997. To provide details before these dates, to break down the figures in respect of legislation and treaties or to provide figures for outstanding cases at the end of each calendar year would incur disproportionate cost. Infraction proceedings are brought against the UK not the devolved Administrations.

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Reasoned opinions

Court applications

Reasoned opinions

Court applications

1997

n/a

1

n/a

0

1998

10

1

0

0

1999

24

5

0

0

2000

29

4

1

0

2001

38

9

0

0

2002

28

15

1

0

2003

26

8

1

0

2004

25

11

0

0

2005

28

7

1

0

2006 (to date)

3

3

0

0

n/a = not available