§ Mr. Bowis
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give the age of consent in each European Community country for heterosexuals, male homosexuals and female homosexuals; and if he will say what consideration he is giving to the possibility of harmonising such laws within the European Community.
§ Mr. John Patten
The information requested is not readily available and I will write to my hon. Friend. But the treaty of Rome authorises no harmonisation role for the European Community in this sort of area.