§ Mr. Spearing
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish a table showing in respect of each lettered article of the treaty on European union, the relevant international, Community or domestic court having final jurisdiction in respect of the matters contained in, and interpretation of, each article.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
Article L of the treaty on European union indicates that the European Court of Justice--ECJ—shall only have jurisdiction in respect of those provisions amending the existing treaties, as set out in articles G to I, the final provisions—articles L to S—and any conventions concluded between states under article K.3(2)(c) which expressly give jurisdiction to the ECJ. Any questions concerning the interpretation of the common provisions—articles A to F—the provisions on a common foreign and security policy—article J—and the provisions on co-operation in the fields of justice and home affairs—article K—will be decided in accordance with the principles of international law. The high contracting parties may refer any dispute to the International Court of Justice—either by special agreement or where the states concerned have accepted the ICJ's compulsory jurisdiction—or to ad hoc arbitration.