HL Deb 30 January 1978 vol 388 cc578-9

My Lords, a Statement is being made today in another place about business to be taken during February in the EEC Council of Ministers. With the leave of the House, I will, as usual, arrange for the Statement to be made available in the Official Report.

Following is the Statement referred to:

"With your permission, Mr. Speaker, I will make a Statement about business to be taken by Ministers of the European Community during February. The monthly written forecast was deposited on Thursday, 26th January.

"At present three Council of Ministers meetings are proposed for February. Foreign Ministers will meet on the 7th, Agricultural Ministers on the 13th and 14th, and Finance Ministers on the 20th.

"Foreign Ministers are expected to consider a mandate for negotiations with Greece about customs union, the current position on the North-South dialogue, iron and steel imports, food aid, summertime, and trade relations with Cyprus and Japan. They may also consider dentists qualifications and training.

"Agriculture Ministers are expected to consider Mediterranean agriculture and resume their consideration of CAP prices for 1978–79.

"Finance Ministers are expected to consider the budgetary implications of the 1978–79 agricultural price proposals, and the draft co-insurance Directive".