HC Deb 09 February 1993 vol 218 cc541-2W
Mr. Allen

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to recommend that cameras be permitted access to all future Council of Ministers meetings and to ad hoc council meetings including those of the Trevi group.

Mr. Garel-Jones

The Government will support proposals by the presidency for further open sessions of the Foreign Affairs Council or of other specialist Councils. For example, the ECOFIN Council on 15 February will begin with an open session. But all Council members must agree before any such arrangements apply. These arrangements only apply to European Community institutions. Intergovernmental co-operation—such as Trevi—is a different matter.