HC Deb 20 April 1999 vol 329 c505W
Mr. Chope

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on how many occasions since 1 May 1997 his Department has made available to the European Scrutiny Committee (1) Council working documents; [80547]

(2) unofficial texts of draft European legislation. [80550]

Mr. Wilson

[holding answer 13 April 1999]The Department receives a large volume of both official and unofficial/working texts during the course of negotiations on EU legislation. In order to facilitate the work of the European Scrutiny Committee and keep it informed of the progress of negotiations, the Department regularly submits Explanatory Memoranda to the Committee. It would involve disproportionate cost to provide a definitive list of the unofficial/working documents made available to the Committee since 1 May.