HC Deb 29 April 1999 vol 330 cc235-6W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those elements of the Schengen supplementary accords, copies of which his Department had not received at the time of the indication he made to the Justice and Home Affairs Council of an intent to apply to join elements of the Schengen system; and when he expects to receive them. [82295]

Kate Hoey

Since my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary announced in his reply to the right hon. Member for Penrith and The Border (Mr. Maclean), on 12 March 1999,Official Report, columns 380–82, the areas of the Schengen acquis in which the United Kingdom intended to seek participation, we have received the following further items of the Schengen acquis:

Sch/Com-Ex (93) 21 Previously received in English with annex in French

Sch/Com-Ex (93) 23 Previously received in French only

Sch/Com-Ex (93) 24 Previously received in English with annex in French

Sch/Com-Ex (98) 13.

These have all been deposited with the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee and with the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities.

We expect shortly to receive the remaining Decisions and Declarations of the Schengen Executive Committee adopted during 1998. In keeping with Government policy, these will be deposited with Parliament, provided they have not been classified as confidential by the Schengen states.

A number of decisions are expected to be adopted at the meeting of the Schengen Executive Committee on 28 April. We expect to receive these texts shortly after 28 April and these will also be deposited with Parliament, subject to the same caveat on confidentiality.

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