HC Deb 16 March 1992 vol 205 c899W
Mr. Caborn

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the reasons for the variation in the English translation of article 198a of the treaty agreed at Maastrict on 11 December 1991.

Mr. Garel-Jones: The first English version of article 198a referred to representatives of regional and local authorities but in the version signed at Maastricht the word "bodies was substitited for "authorities". Jurists/linguists decided that the term "bodies" translated better the word "collectivites" in the French text.