European Scrutiny Committee

38.72The European Scrutiny Committee's functions, as set out in Standing Order No 143, are to examine European Union documents, to report its opinion on the legal or political importance of such documents, to give its reasons for its opinion, to report what matters of principle, policy or law may be affected thereby, to make recommendations for the further consideration of such documents, and to consider any issue arising upon any such document or group of documents, or related matters.1 European Union documents are defined in the standing order (see also para 32.7 ).The Committee's practice is to make weekly reports when the House is sitting. It hears evidence from time to time, usually in public. The procedures for the scrutiny of European Union matters are more fully described in Chapter 32.


  1. See for example European Scrutiny Committee, Forty-ninth Report of Session 2017–19, HC 301-xlviii; for an example of a report from the Committee discussing wider issues arising from documents, see Nineteenth Report of Session 2017–19, EU Withdrawal: Transitional provisions and dispute resolution, HC 763.