HC Deb 08 March 1989 vol 148 c552W
37. Mr. Nicholas Bennett

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what specific steps Her Majesty's Government are urging within the Council of Ministers to enable it to act effectively against financial fraud in the European Parliament.

Mrs. Chalker

We have presented a number of suggestions on combating fraud and mismanagement to the Council. These include proposals that the Commissionrevise its 1987 proposal on the control and monitoring of export refunds in the light of the recommendations in paragraph 4.56 of the Court of Auditors report, 1987; bring forward proposals for improving the regulations governing intervention storage.

In making these and other suggestions, we shall be looking to the Commission to detail the necessary proposals and carry out the essential monitoring to ensure an effective fight against fraud. But we shall emphasise, too, that all member states must demonstrate their determination to act by supporting practical proposals of a similar kind.

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