HC Deb 04 March 2002 vol 381 cc65-6W
Angus Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether a Scottish Executive Minister will be a member of the UK delegation to the General Affairs European Union Council of Ministers meeting on 18 and 19 February; and what information is being provided by his Department to permit pre-council scrutiny by the European Committee of the Scottish Parliament. [38034]

Peter Hain

[holding answer 27 February 2002]: The UK was represented at the 18–19 February General Affairs Council by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and me.

Arrangements for scrutiny by the European Committee of the Executive's involvement in preparations for EU Council of Ministers meetings are a matter for them. The Government provide the European Committee of the Scottish Parliament, for information, with the same Explanatory Memoranda on EU documents as are provided to the Westminster Scrutiny Committees.