The inquiry follows the completion of the Review of the Balance of Competences between the UK and the EU, which concluded on 18 December 2014, following over two years of evidence gathering and analysis by the Government.
At the end of each semester, the Committee wrote to the Minister for Europe, the Rt Hon David Lidington MP, assessing whehter the reports acknowledged relevant Committee Reports and scrutiny work where appropriate; whether they adhered to the neutral and factual tone promised by the Foreign Secretary when he announced the Balance of Competences Review in July 2012; and judging how successful each report was in securing a diverse and balanced range of stakeholder input.
As the Review has now been completed, the Committee is looking at the overall conduct of the Review, and considering what the impact of the Review may be.
Public hearings will be held on 10 February with the Liverpool European Law Unit and on 10 March with the Minister for Europe. The Committee aims to report to the House, with recommendations, by the end of March 2015. The report will receive responses from the Government and the European Commission, and may be debated in the House.