HC Deb 07 February 1973 vol 850 cc136-7W
Mr. Deakins

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the precise negotiating mandate laid down by the EEC Council of Ministers in respect of negotiations on a trade agreement between the EEC and India.

Mr. John Davies

At its meeting of 4th December last year, the Council of Ministers agreed that the Community should negotiate with India for a commercial co-operation agreement.

The details of the mandate which the Council will approve for the conduct of these negotiations are still under discussion within the Community.