On the 4th of September the European Scrutiny Committee formally recommended that the draft TPD be debated in full by European Committee C. Last week we raised the question of why this debate has not taken place yet. Well it is now 70 days since the initial recommendation and still no debate! However, it does seem that we are being listened too. Today we received the following statement from the European Scrutiny Committee Chairman:
“In our Report of 4 September, we recommended a debate on the Directive in European Committee. We asked that, prior to the debate, the Minister write to the Committee with the key changes sought by the European Parliament and the Government’s views on them. Today’s Report scrutinises the Minister’s response, notes that trilogue negotiations may be concluded by the end of the year and presses the Government to hold the debate as soon as possible.”
We hear that a number of MPs will also be asking questions in Parliament about this lack of formal debate. As soon as we hear more we will let you all know.