HC Deb 28 June 1985 vol 81 c498W
Mr. Dykes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish in the Official Report a statement of forthcoming business in the European Community Council of Ministers.

Mr. Rifkind

The usual written forecast was deposited in the House earlier today. At present, four meetings of the Council are scheduled for July.

The Economic and Finance Council is due to meet on 8 July to continue its discussion of implementation of budget discipline in relation to the 1986 budgetary procedures. The Council will also consider the Commission's second quarterly review of the economic situation in the Community.

The Agricultural Council is expected to meet on 15 and 16 July to complete discussions on Commission price proposals in respect of cereals and rapeseed. The Council may also consider veterinary harmonisation (hormones and heat-treated milk).

The Foreign Affairs Council is due to meet on 22 and 23 July to consider a proposal for simplifying frontier controls at ports and airports; the Mediterranean financial protocols; policy on the multi-fibre arrangement; and a negotiating mandate for an EC/Central America co-operation agreement. The Council will probably also have to consider follow up to the Milan European Council.

The Industry Council is expected to meet on 26 July to discuss Commission proposals for a future regime for steel aids and quotas.