§ Mr. David Watkins
asked the Lord Privy Seal what measures the Government are taking to initiate discussions between the European Community and the Gulf States on Middle East affairs.
§ Mr. Hurd
The European Community favours closer relations with the Gulf States and informal, exploratory contacts are being undertaken. It is to early to say what form any new arrangements between the Community and the Gulf States might take. The Government warmly support the Community's initiative in this matter.