HC Deb 30 October 1985 vol 84 c528W
Mr. Beith

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether the Government will now sign the European charter of local self-government which has been adopted by the Council of Europe; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Waldegrave

No. While we fully support the principles underlying the chanter, we remain firmly of the view that its subject matter is not appropriate for an international agreement.