Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Corbett Report - Written Declarations

Delivered in Plenary - 4th September 2002

Mr President

I was the Member responsible for the successful amendment to the Corbett Report, as a result of which the book where you sign written declarations under Rule 51 was moved to just outside this Chamber instead of being stuck in an office which nobody could find.

I spoke to the official there today, who complained that not a single Member has shown any interest in reading the declarations or signing the book, even though the procedure is now much easier and more convenient. Can Members please cooperate with this project, in order to justify the change and the human resources dedicated to making it work?