HC Deb 07 July 1992 vol 211 c122W
Mr. Llew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what categories of draft regulations will be accepted by the British presidency of the European Council as being put forward as list A items by the Committee of Permanent Representatives.

Mr. Garel-Jones

The Council's rules of procedure stateitems for which approval of the Council is possible without discussion shall be included in Part A, but this does not exclude the possibility of any member of the Council or of the Commission expressing an opinion at the time of the approval of these items and having statements included in the minutes. However, an 'A' item shall be withdrawn from the agenda, unless the Council decides otherwise, if a position on an 'A' item might lead to further discussion thereof or if a member of the Council or the Commission so requests.

It is clearly not possible now to predict which items will be taken as A items in any Council during the United Kingdom presidency.