HC Deb 24 May 1993 vol 225 c728

That this House takes note of European Community Documents Nos. 5378/92 and 4690/93 and the Supplementary Explanatory Memorandum submitted by the Department of Employment on 10th May 1993, relating to the protection of young people at work; endorses the conclusions of the Madrid, Rome and Edinburgh European Councils that measures taken in the field of social affairs should have full regard to their effects on job creation, to the principle of subsidiarity, and to the diversity of national traditions and practices; and shares the Government's view that, while protection for children and young people at work is essential, existing legislation in the United Kingdom provides appropriate protection, that the need for Community legislation to protect children and young people has not been demonstrated and that the proposed Directive would be damaging to their employment opportunities and prospects. —[Mr. Patnick.]

Question agreed to.