Skip to main content

EU: Scrutiny Override

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 5 January 2010

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government for each department, in January to June 2009 (a) on how many occasions the scrutiny reserve resolution in the House of Lords was overridden, (b) on how many occasions the scrutiny reserve resolution in the House of Commons was overridden, and (c) in respect of how many documents an override occurred in both Houses or either House. [HL721]

The latest report shows there were a total of 14 instruments which Ministers supported in the Council before one or both of our Parliamentary EU Committees had completed their scrutiny. Of these 14, all were overrides while still under scrutiny in the Lords, but in the Commons six of them had cleared the scrutiny process so only eight instruments are recorded as overridden for the Commons.