HL Deb 24 July 1990 vol 521 c1432WA
Lord Stoddart of Swindon

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Following the answer of Viscount Davidson on 18th July, whether they will reconsider their attitude towards a "Europlate" and insist that the Union Jack rather than the European flag should be incorporated on number plates of cars registered in the United Kingdom.

Lord Brabazon of Tara

No. The object of the European flag proposal is to foster in all member states a sense of identity with the European Community. Putting the Union Jack on number plates would not be consistent with that aim. National identity would not however be lost: the Geneva Convention abbreviation of the country in which the vehicle is registered—e.g. GB, IRL, etc.—would be incorporated on the plate.