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Committee Mandates

Transport, Local Government and the Regions written question – answered on 16th May 2002.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the mandate of the EU-Switzerland Transport Committee (rail and road) is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr David Jamieson Mr David Jamieson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions

The committee in question did not meet in the last 12 months. It was established by the EU Switzerland Transit Agreement of 1992. However, the Transit Agreement has been superseded by the new EU Switzerland Agreement which is due to enter into force on 1 June 2002. That agreement provides for the establishment of a Joint Management (Transport) Committee, the function of which will be to ensure proper implementation of the agreement. No date has been set for its inaugural meeting. It will operate in accordance with the EU rules on comitology.

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