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Schengen Agreement

Question for Home Office

UIN HL3451, tabled on 4 December 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they failed to write in advance of 1 December to describe the circumstances and provide justification for their agreement to the draft Council Decision concerning the United Kingdom's participation in provisions of the Schengen acquis, as required by paragraph 6.2.11 of the Cabinet Office Guidance for Departments on Parliamentary Scrutiny of European Union Documents.

Answered on

17 December 2014

The Council Decision concerning the United Kingdom’s participation in provisions of the Schengen acquis gave effect to the decision of the House of Lords on 17 November that the Government should re-join a package of 35 measures following the exercise of the UK's opt-out under Protocol 36 to the Treaties on the functioning of the EU (the 2014 opt-out decision). The Government accepts that the draft of this document should have been deposited earlier and apologises for the delay in its provision to the Committee.

Whilst we have noted the wishes of the Committee for an oral statement on the override, the Government does not believe it to be necessary given the number of debates and the extensive engagement with both Houses of Parliament and their Committees on the Protocol 36 op-out. We have responded to the Committee's correspondence on this matter and a written statement was laid in Parliament on the 10th December.

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