The government welcomes the European Union Committee’s Inquiry into the role of national parliaments in the European Union. This valuable report adds credible and reasoned weight to national parliaments’ calls for a greater role in the functioning of the EU. The real source of democratic legitimacy in the EU lies with national parliaments and national governments. The government is clear that people in Europe identify with their national parliaments more than with EU institutions. People understand how to make their voice heard through national parliaments. And those parliaments are closer to, and understand better, the concerns of citizens. This report clearly articulates the need to respond to this reality and also makes constructive suggestions for improvement.