Explanatory Memoranda

32.8Not later than ten working days after the deposit of a document, the Government provides an Explanatory Memorandum (EM), signed by the responsible Minister. This gives a factual description of the subject-matter (and, for a legislative proposal, the effect), and covers United Kingdom ministerial responsibility, interest of the devolved administrations, application to the EAA, legal and procedural issues, conformity with the subsidiarity principle, a fundamental rights analysis, financial implications (including an impact assessment where appropriate), any public consultation, the Government's policy towards the document and the timetable for its consideration by the institutions. The EM, along with the original proposal, forms the starting point for subsequent committee scrutiny.