EU Committee of the Regions

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 19th April 2018.

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Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire Conservative, East Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the merits of the UK continuing to send representatives to sit on the Committee of the Regions.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire Conservative, East Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the cost of sending UK representatives to the Committee of the Regions in each of the last three years for which data is available.

Photo of Rishi Sunak Rishi Sunak Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Committee of the Regions can make a significant contribution to the decision making processes of the European Union on issues such as transport, the economy, social and territorial cohesion, and it is right that there is a UK delegation to the Committee whilst the UK is a member of the European Union. There is no direct cost to the UK taxpayer.

Members of the Committee of the Regions who participate in plenary sessions, Bureau meetings, commission meetings and meetings of working parties or joint committees are entitled to travel expenses, a flat-rate travel allowance and a flat-rate meeting allowance; with the costs met by the European Union’s Committee of the Regions.

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, we do not anticipate that the UK would continue to be members of the Committee of the Regions, nor would we have a mandate to remain within this body.

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