HC Deb 16 January 1979 vol 960 cc700-1W
Mr. Hooley

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the main areas of responsibility of his Department which are likely to be affected by the proposed enlargement of the EEC to include Spain, Portugal and Greece; and what special action is being taken within his Department to examine the problems which will arise.

Mr. John Grant

Section VI—on employment and social affairs—in the Government's memorandum on enlargement of the EEC, submitted on 7th March 1978 to the Select Committee on European Legislation, indicates that the main areas of concern to my Department are the free movement of labour, the European Social Fund, and some of the Community secondary legislation in the social affairs field. My Department attempts to assess the effects of enlargement in these areas on the United Kingdom and takes them into account both in formulating domestic policies and in advising on negotiating positions in Brussels.

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