HC Deb 12 March 1981 vol 1000 c399W
Mr. Marlow

asked the Lord Privy Seal what is the competence of the European Assembly under the Treaty of Rome and subsequently in foreign policy matters; and what is the detailed authority.

Sir Ian Gilmour

Since political co-operation falls outside the Treaty framework the Parliament can have no Treaty rights in this sphere. The Council has, however, agreed to let certain forms of contact develop. Thus the Parliament can put questions to the Council on political co-operation matters, debate these and pass resolutions on them. The Council has also agreed to hold four colloquies per year with the Parliament on political co-operation questions.

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