§ Mr. Darling
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with his EC counterparts about publishing the convention on European frontier control; if he will take steps to arrange for its publication; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
The question of publication has not been discussed between EC Ministers. International treaties are normally published only after signature. In this case, the provisions were explained fully in a reply to a written question by my predecessor on 20 June 1991,Official Report, columns 242–43, in Home Office evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee. In view of the very long delay since agreement was reached on the general substance of the draft convention, I have now decided to make the draft text available to Parliament. Copies will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.