HC Deb 26 June 1985 vol 81 c414W
70. Dr. Marek

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his West German counterpart concerning his use of the veto in the Council of Ministers.

Sir Geoffrey Howe

I have discussed with my Community colleagues, including my West German counterpart, a proposal that a member state which asks for discussion to continue until unanimous agreement is reached should be required to explain fully and formally, in a special procedure of the Foreign Affairs Council, why it considers very important interests in fact to be at stake. I have had no separate discussions with my West German colleague of the recent use of the veto in the Council of Ministers by his agricultural colleague.