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EU Select Sub-Committee B

Sub-Committee B of the European Union Committee of the House of Lords looks at all issues arising from the EU Internal Market this includes the following:

Trans-European Networks

This amounts to energy utilities including coal, oil, gas and electricity but also a general brief for nuclear energy and renewables.

Transport

This includes measures to liberalise the transport market in the EU and harmonising safety standards for road, rail, air and maritime transport.

The Internal Market

The internal market is a very extensive area and often controversial, issues currently under discussion include the services industry and public procurement policies.

Research and technological development across the EU with a view to boosting the international competitiveness of the European economy is also covered. Sub-Committee B also now looks at European Space Policy.

The Sub-Committee is one of seven Sub-Committees which serve the Lords EU Select Committee.

The UK Government sends the Select Committee European Commission proposals throughout the year, and these are sifted by subject area and importance for the Sub-Committees to scrutinise carefully on an ongoing basis. The Chairman of the Select Committee pursues any issues arising in correspondence with the responsible Minister, and from time to time directly with the Commission.

The Sub-Committees also carry out inquiries on behalf of the Select Committee on issues of particular importance.

The Committee is currently chaired by Lord Freeman and the clerk is James Whittle.

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