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EU: UK National Sovereignty

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Tebbit Lord Tebbit Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 30 November 2010 (WA 432), on how many occasions since 10 May 2010 the authorities of the European Union have used powers under existing competencies which they have not previously used.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

Existing European Union competencies have been conferred by the United Kingdom on the European Union within EU treaties agreed by both Houses of the UK Parliament. In agreeing to the treaties, Parliament has also agreed to EU use of powers falling under all competences within those treaties, and in this context we do not hold centrally a list of these powers as they come into use.

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