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European Union Bill presented for First Reading in the House of Lords

The European Union Bill has passed its Commons stage, and is presented by Lord Howell to House of Lords for First Reading.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Following the completion of the passage of the Government’s European Union Bill through the House of Commons, Foreign Office Minister Lord Howell of Guildford will today present the EU Bill to the House of Lords for First Reading.

Minister for Europe David Lidington said:

“I am delighted that the EU Bill has received the approval of the House of Commons. The vigour and depth of the debate in Parliament is testament to the Bill’s importance and the wider importance of proper Parliamentary scrutiny. It also underlines further the need to ensure that the British people and Parliament have more of a say in the decisions that Government takes on their behalf in the European Union.”

Minister of State Lord Howell of Guildford said:

“I look forward to taking this significant legislation through the House of Lords on behalf of the Coalition Government. This Bill increases the control of the public, and of our Parliament, over European Union decisions taken by the Government. It is a considerable step forward in the democratic process, not just for the United Kingdom but for the European Union as a whole.”

Published 9 March 2011