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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 Advisory Committee on the definition and use of comparative technical and operating standards and specifications for the procurement of air traffic management equipment and systems 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 on the definition and use of comparative technical and operating standards and specifications for the procurement of air traffic management equipment and systems is established under the provisions of Article 6 of Council Directive 93/65 EEC. The remit of the committee is to assist the Commission in laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission, to make certain Eurocontrol standards mandatory at Community level. The committee meets only rarely and there has been no cost to public funds in the last 12 months. There are no matters currently under its consideration.

Together with member states, the Commission is currently conducting a review to bring existing legislation on the conduct of comitology committees into line with Council Decision 1999/468/EC, to

"simplify the requirements for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission".

As an obligation to this Decision, the Commission undertook to publish an annual report on the working of committees. The first report was deposited in the Libraries of both Houses on 26 February (Com(2001)783 Final). As part of the review process, the UK Government have encouraged the Commission to produce and maintain an electronic database of every comitology committee, its agendas and recent actions, to be accessible through its website.

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