HC Deb 03 July 1989 vol 156 cc23-4W
Mr. Grylls

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will report on the Internal Market Council held on 14 June.

Mr. Maude

The Council adopted the electro-magnetic compatibility directive, designed to facilitate free trade in electrical apparatus by ensuring that it does not produce or receive interference. It reached common positions on the fifth amendment to the cosmetics directive; on modifications to three directives dealing with technical standards for tractors; and on the proposed regulation on the giving of security to ensure payment of customs debts (the last of these being subject to a United Kingdom parliamentary scrutiny reserve).

The Council discussed the proposed European Community mergers regulation, and the proposed directive to ensure compliance with public procurement directives. The Commission withdrew its proposal for a right of residence directive and indicated that it would now put forward new proposals on this subject shortly.