Scrutiny clearance

32.10In the House of Commons, EU documents are cleared in one of two ways; either (the majority) by the European Scrutiny Committee or by debate in the House. If the Committee recommends a debate, the document is cleared when the House agrees to a resolution on it, either following a debate on the floor or (without debate on the floor) when a European Committee has previously considered and reported on the document (see para 39.39 ff).

A document is cleared from scrutiny in the Lords when the Chairman (either in conducting the weekly sift or in subsequent correspondence) indicates that it has completed its scrutiny. Where a document is recommended for debate, it is cleared once the debate has been held.