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European and UK Law

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the (a) nature and (b) extent is of liaison by civil servants with the European Commission prior to drafting domestic legislation; whether civil service guidelines exist on such liaison; and if she will make a statement. (107074)

The Government's approach to the preparation of primary legislation is set out in ‘The Guide to Legislative Procedure’, last published by the Cabinet Office in October 2004 and available at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/secretariats/economic_and_domestic/legislative_programme/guide.asp

Copies are also available in the Library for the reference of Members.

The formulation of purely domestic legislation would not involve any obligation to consult the European Commission. In the case of legislation implementing EU obligations, the EU instrument may require member states to provide copies of implementing rules to the Commission.