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National Parliaments (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:20 pm on 15th December 2014.

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Photo of Lord Davies of Stamford Lord Davies of Stamford Labour 7:20 pm, 15th December 2014

I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. I am sure that he will recall that I said that if you can get this particular proposal, which was made in the report, so much the better. I personally thought that it was slightly unrealistic. However, my proposal of a rule that each commissioner should meet on a regular basis, at least once a year, with the members of the departmental select committees or commissions in the national parliaments on his subject of responsibility, would directly address the point just made by the noble Lord. It is important that commissioners should formally recognise a role for national parliaments and make sure that they take them seriously.