HC Deb 25 January 1972 vol 829 cc402-3W
Mr. Spearing

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what are the powers and duties of the Consultative Committee of the European Coal and Steel Community; and what plans he has for possible representation from the United Kingdom on that body.

Sir J. Eden

The Treaty of Paris requires the Commission to consult the E.C.S.C. Consultative Committee when making proposals in a number of important areas, for example pricing, restrictive practices, mergers and schemes of financial assistance. The Treaty of Accession provides for the enlargement of the Committee from 51 to 84 members. The precise number of United Kingdom representatives and the nomination of individuals are to be decided this year and I shall be consulting United Kingdom coal and steel interests on this question.