HL Deb 04 April 1974 vol 350 cc1122-3WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether it is permissible under the Treaty of Rome, for a Member State of the E.E.C. to decide unilaterally to introduce a system of direct election to the European Parliament.


Article 138 of the E.E.C. Treaty provides that the Assembly shall consist of delegates who shall be designated by national Parliaments from among their members. A Member State deciding to introduce a system of direct election unilaterally would have to comply with that. The compatibility of any specific proposal with the Treaty would, however, be a matter on which only the European Court of Justice would be competent to pronounce conclusively.