§ Mr. Moate
Is my hon. Friend aware that The Timeshas reported that M. Coppé, the EEC Commissioner responsible for transport, was left steaming with rage after his two-and-a-half hour meeting with my right hon. Friend the Minister for Transport Industries? Is my hon. Friend further aware how welcome it is that apparently at least one Minister is prepared to stand up robustly for British interests in Brussels? As there is something of a lorry crisis in many towns and villages even with the existing size of 445 lorries, can we have a categorical assurance that this matter will be regarded as one affecting the national interest in which the Government would insist on the right of veto in any agreement negotiated?
§ Mr. Speed
We had better wait to see what happens when we have these consultations. I am not prepared to give my hon. Friend the assurance he asks for at this stage. I assure him, however, that not only my right hon. Friend the Minister for Transport Industries but all Ministers in the Department take environmental considerations very seriously—and steaming or not, we shall make our views known to those concerned in Europe.