HC Deb 13 October 1975 vol 897 cc635-6W
26. Sir G. de Freitas

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will ensure that at all times Her Majesty's Government refer to the European Parliament as the European Parliament and not as the Strasbourg Assembly or the European Assembly which leads to confusion between the European Parliament and the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Mr. Hattersley

Her Majesty's Government will use whichever term is appropriate in the circumstances.

Mr. Spearing

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth

London Peterborough Average process time (in days)
(a) (b) (c)
January 29,339 20,660 4
February 33,029 26,651 9
March 32,553 27,701 10
April 34,510 34,654 11
May 50,747 37,240 15
June 41,156 37,583 25
July 39,133 32,795 28
August 34,185 19,563 20
September 20,921 16,463 8

Column (c) represents the average time taken to deal with applications at both offices. During June, July and August applications were dealt with in order of

Affairs if he will list the places in the United Kingdom where the whole range of EEC official documents is open to inspection, free, by members of the public and the address to which members of the public should write for purchasing copies of such documents.

Mr. Hatterley

Documents which are on sale are available from Her Majesty's Stationery Office, PO Box 569, London SE1 9NH and through Government bookshops and HMSO agents.

All official published documents from all the institutions of the Communities including proposed legislation are available for inspection, or can be made available on reasonable notice, at the London Office of the Commission of the European Communities, 20 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QQ. I understand that the documents are also supplied by the Commission to over 40 centres throughout the United Kingdom in universities, polytechnics and some libraries. At some of these the material is readily available for inspection by the public free of charge. I will send my hon. Friend a list of the centres.

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