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EU: Legislation

Volume 710: debated on Monday 18 May 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Carter of Barnes on 28 April (WA 28), and in the light of the proximity of the election to the European Parliament, whether they will reconsider their decision not to undertake research into the proportion of United Kingdom legislation originating in the European Union, in order to provide this information to voters.[HL3285]

UK legislation of EU origin may be directly applicable in member states. Other legislation requires incorporation into national law. This is sometimes done by primary legislation, sometimes by secondary legislation, but on other occasions by administrative means. In yet other situations, domestic legislation which is being amended for other purposes may also incorporate changes to reflect EU directives. This makes it extremely difficult to determine how many legislative measures have been introduced in the UK as a result of EU measures. Such figures would also have only a very limited purpose: some EU measures may require numerous pieces of domestic legislation to bring them into effect, or a number of EU measures may be given effect in one piece of domestic legislation. We therefore remain of the view that it would entail disproportionate cost to research and compile this information.