European Union Proposals: Scrutiny of Opt-in Decisions — Motion to Resolve

– in the House of Lords at 11:43 am on 30th March 2010.

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Moved by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon

To move to resolve that, in relation to notification to the President of the Council of the European Union of the wish of the United Kingdom to take part in the adoption and application of a measure following from a proposal or initiative presented to the Council pursuant to Title V of Part Three of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union:

(1) No Minister of the Crown may authorise such notification within 8 weeks after the proposal or initiative has been presented to the Council.

(2) A Minister may however authorise such notification sooner than provided by paragraph (1) if he decides that for special reasons this is essential; but he should explain his reasons-

(a) in every such case, to the European Union Committee at the first opportunity after giving that authorisation; and

(b) in the case of a proposal awaiting debate in the House, to the House at the opening of the debate.

(3) Where the European Union Committee is scrutinising the question of notification independently of the substance of the measure to which it relates, scrutiny of the substance of the measure will continue to be governed by the Resolution of the House of 30 March 2010, as amended.

Motion agreed.