Entries by Darren

Commission Question: Could the Commission provide details of the composition of working groups which advise it on legislation?

Question to the Commission for written answer E-007757/2014: Could the Commission provide details of the composition of working groups which advise it on legislation?   Answer given by Mr Barroso on behalf of the Commission: The Register of Commission expert groups and other similar entities (http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regexpert/index.cfm) provides for information on the composition of each entity published therein. Individual […]

Commission Question – Can the Commission please explain why redundancy payments for former parliamentary staff are so generous compared with the private sector?

Question to the Commission for written answer : Can the Commission please explain why redundancy payments for former parliamentary staff are so generous compared with the private sector1? See ‘Unemployed MEP assistants line up for big benefits’, Euractiv, 8 July 2014.   Answer given by Mr Šefčovič on behalf of the Commission:   In 2009 the legislator decided1 that […]

Scrap subsidies for new wind farms

The UK should stop giving new subsidies for wind farms, according to UKIP’s North East MEP, Jonathan Arnott. The call comes following the news that the anti-wind farm, Middleton Burn Action group, were barred from the premises of a public exhibition by a wind farm developer. The community organisation were barred from the building where […]

Letter – We must stop funding oppressive foreign governments

Dear Editor, Ethiopian state security forces have tortured, raped and burnt more than 5,000 people.  Meanwhile, our government has given Ethiopia over one billion pounds and the country is the second largest beneficiary of British aid. This is another example of how badly managed our Aid budget is. We must ensure the money we give […]

Commission Question – Could the Commission provide details of the composition of working groups which advise it on legislation?

Question to the Council for written answer:   Could the Commission provide details of the composition of working groups which advise it on legislation?   Answer given by Mr Barroso on behalf of the Commission (30.10.2014): The Register of Commission expert groups and other similar entities (http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regexpert/index.cfm) provides for information on the composition of each entity published […]

Letter – A response to yet more Labour lies about UKIP

Dear Editor,   It saddens me that yet again the Labour Party can offer your readers no more than scaremongering and lies about UKIP. They talk about commitment to infrastructure, but just like under the Tories, Labour oversaw years of underinvestment into our roads and railways.  Just last week, Labour’s Shadow Transport Minister cast doubt on […]