HC Deb 25 April 1972 vol 835 cc259-60W
Mr. Laurance Reed

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what is the Government's policy on the French Government's proposal to the Council of Ministers that national ministers responsible for environmental problems in common market countries should meet in the Council framework to co-ordinate national efforts;

(2) what is the Government's policy on the proposal by the Commission of the European Economic Community that they should have the major rôles in the preparation and co-ordination of policy for the environment.

Mr. Peter Walker

Within EEC there will be aspects of environmental policy on which the Commission will put proposals before the Council of Ministers, and others which will be handled by consultation between national ministers. The pattern will no doubt become clearer as work on environmental policy proceeds within the enlarged Community.