§ Mr. Rippon
asked the Lord Privy Seal whether an agreement has now been concluded establishing the European Foundation.
§ Mr. Humphrey Atkins
As forecast by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Education and Science on 24 March in reply to the hon. Member for Newham, South (Mr. Spearing), an intergovernmental agreement between the Ten member States setting up a European Foundation was signed on 29 March by my right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. The general aims of the foundation are to seek in a practical way to foster a better understanding among the peoples of Europe, to promote an appreciation of the European culture heritage and to further a greater understanding of European integration.