HC Deb 12 December 1962 vol 669 cc65-6W
56. Mr. Millan

asked the Lord Privy Seal what modifications would be required in the Local Employment Act 1960 if Great Britain acceded to the European Economic Community.

Mr. Smithers

There is no reason to suppose that the policy provided for in the Local Employment Act would be considered incompatible with the Treaty of Rome.

69. Mr. Wainwright

asked the Lord Privy Seal, in the event of Great Britain joining the Common Market, to what extent he estimates that the European Coal and Steel Community's coal pricing system will affect the National Coal Board's present pricing system; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Smithers

The Board would continue to be responsible for its own pricing policy. It is satisfied that any changes in its arrangements that may be necessary to comply with the Treaty could be made without creating serious problems.

70. Mr. Oram

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on the proposed timetable for the negotiations with the European Economic Community; and if it is still the policy of Her Majesty's Government that the United Kingdom shall not join the Community until satisfactory negotiations have been concluded by each member of the European Free Trade Association, in view of the recent declaration by the Ministers of the European Economic Community on this subject.

Mr. Smithers

A further Ministerial meeting will take place from 19th to 21st December. The timetable for subsequent meetings has still to be decided. The Government's position with regard to other European Free Trade Association members remains as stated by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister in the House on 2nd August, 1961.