§ Sir Richard Body
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received a copy of the European Parliament's resolution about amending the treaties, Community legislation and institutional reform of 23 November 1989 which the President was instructed to forward to all national Governments; and whether he will state Her Majesty's Government's policy towards it.
§ Mr. Maude
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has received a copy of the European Parliament's resolution to which my hon. Friend refers. We do not believe that treaty changes are necessary at this stage. The Foreign Affairs Council on 5 March discussed preparations for the intergovernmental conference on economic and monetary union, initiated the formal procedure for consulting the European Parliament and agreed to consider arrangements for informal dialogue with the Parliament.