§ 15. Mr. Wareing
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on what was achieved by his Department during the United Kingdom presidency.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
We made progress on a wide range of interior and justice issues including immigration and asylum policy, police co-operation, action to combat drugs, and judicial co-operation. The meetings of Immigration and Trevi Ministers on 30 November and 1 December reached agreement on a number of issues, notably in relation to various aspects of asylum policy and member states' practices regarding expulsion.
In addition, at a special meeting of Interior and Justice Ministers held on 18 September, it was agreed to establish a joint group of police and judicial experts to report within six months on the organisation and structures of the Mafia and other international criminal organisations.