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EU Action

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which consultations undertaken at EU level affecting his Department there were in each of the last 10 years; to which of these his Department (a) responded within the deadline, (b) responded after the deadline and (c) made no response; and in which consultations the Department secured all the aims of its consultation response in the ensuing action taken by the European Commission. (205556)

In response to any consultation at European Union (EU) level, the Department always aim to meet the stated deadline. If this is not possible, we negotiate an extension when required. We are committed to keeping scrutiny committees fully engaged in accordance with Government guidance and always aim to influence the consultation process as constructively as possible and robustly where necessary. However, comprehensive information on all EU level consultations affecting the Department in the last ten years is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.