§ Mr. Duncan Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the outcome of the EC Social Affairs Council held on 21 December 1994.
§ Miss Widdecombe
I attended the Social Affairs Council on 21 December in Brussels, for a further discussion of the draft directive on posted workers.
Discussion was again inconclusive. As at the previous Council on 6 December 1994, I made clear our considerable difficulties of both principle and detail. A number of other member states, also, had significant difficulties with the proposal, and agreement was not reached.
Commissioner Flynn reported to the Council on the Essen European Council.