§ Mr. Ian Sproat
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if he will list any unilateral actions taken by any member of the EEC since 1st January 1973 in areas for which his Department is responsible for negotiating on behalf of the United Kingdom, following inability of all EEC members to agree on common action.
§ Mr. Hattersley
My Department maintains no systematic record of unilateral actions which may have been taken by member States in default of Community agreement. In the absence of agreement to a common Community policy on a particular issue, member States remain free to adopt their own national measures, provided these are consistent with the Treaties and any Community legislation or rule.