§ Mr. Spearing
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) on what date amendments to the Treaty of Rome, Command Paper No. 6252, concerning a Court of Auditors and Assembly control of the EEC budget came into effect ; and what official publications of Her Majesty's Government on the Community have now incorporated these amendments;
(2)in what manner the amendments to the Treaty of Rome of 1st June 1977 concerning the Audit Board and powers of the Assembly over the EEC budget have been publicised by regular or other publications of the EEC ;
(3)what steps are being taken to circulate the amendments to the Treaty of Rome, effective from 1st June 1977, to those persons and instituitons in the public service who have been issued with copies of that Treaty.
§ Mr. Judd:
The text of the treaty amending certain financial provisions of the treaties establishing the European
Adoption of Council Decision of 20th September 1976 Legislation laying down the electoral procedure Belgium … … Bill introduced. Parliament to discuss it at beginning of next session. Bill approved by Cabinet on 14th October. Referred to Conseild 'Etat for clearance, which is expected in a matter of days. Government committed to giving Bill priority. Denmark … … Bill given first reading in the Folketing on 20th October. Germany … … Bill adopted by Bundestag on 17th June 1977. Notification given to Secretariat First reading completed by Bundestag. Second reading likely before Christmas. France … … Law adopted on 16th June 1977 by National Assembly and 23rd June by Senate. Law adopted on 30th June 1977 by Senate and National Assembly. Ireland … … With the June elections the bill introduced in April ceased to be applicable. An ad hoc Commission reported in mid-October. The Government is expected to introduce a new bill shortly. Italy … … Law adopted in January 1977. Notification given to Secretariat. Bill submitted to Council of Ministers on 7th October. Sent back for further consideration by inter-party committee. Luxembourg … Law adopted on 6th July 1977. Bill in preparation. Expected to be presented in November with a view to enactment in December. Netherlands … Law adopted on 23rd June 1977 by Second Chamber and 28th June1977 by First Chamber. Bill in preparation. To be submitted Second Chamber shortly. United Kingdom … Draft legislation was tabled in Parliament on 24th June 1977 and passed on second reading by the House of Commons on 7th July 1977. The bill will be re-introduced on 10th November 1977.