HC Deb 05 December 1988 vol 143 c40W
Mr. Teddy Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the current European Economic Community discussions on worker representatives on the boards of companies; and whether such measures fall to be dealt with under the majority voting procedures set out in the Single Act.

Mr. Cope

The Government are opposed to European Community proposals which would require statutory employee participation as such participation is more effective on a voluntary basis. The only relevant European Community proposal currently under discussion for which a legal base has been proposed is the fifth company law directive. The proposed legal base would entail qualified majority voting.