HC Deb 31 January 1977 vol 925 cc79-80W
Mr. Tim Renton

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the European Council has yet brought forward proposals for direct elections to the European Parliament.

Dr. Owen

There is no need for proposals from the European Council. The main outstanding issue for decision by the Community is the date for the first election which the Council of Ministers have agreed in principle should take place in May or June 1978. This will be determined in due course by the Council of Ministers after consultation with the European Assembly.