EU Action: Parliamentary Scrutiny

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 6th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Boswell of Aynho Lord Boswell of Aynho Chair, European Union Committee, Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords), Chair, European Union Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each government department, from July to December 2018, on how many occasions the Scrutiny Reserve Resolution was overridden in (1) the House of Lords, and (2) the House of Commons; and in respect of how many documents an override occurred in (a) both Houses, (b) the House of Lords, and (c) the House of Commons.

Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union)

Between July and December 2018, 350 Explanatory Memoranda on EU proposals and other documents were submitted for scrutiny.

Across both Houses there were 35 occasions when the Government supported decisions in the EU Council of Ministers before the scrutiny procedures had been completed.

As with previous six-monthly periods, the largest category of instruments were fast-moving and sensitive Common Foreign and Security Policy/EU restrictive measures proposals where there were 27 such instruments adopted before scrutiny could be completed.

The figures requested are set out below:

Department

(1 & b). House of Lords override

(2 & c). House Commons override

(a).No. of overrides in both Houses at same time

Total no. of overrides

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

1

1

1

1

Cabinet Office

1

1

1

1

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

1

0

0

1

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

0

1

0

1

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

24

20

16

28

HM Treasury

3

3

3

3

Totals

30

26

21

35

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