HC Deb 23 January 1997 vol 288 c729W
11. Sir Teddy Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the extent to which the European Court of Justice has the power to determine issues relating to national border controls. [10558]

Mr. Howard

The firm position of Her Majesty's Government is that the treaty of Rome, and therefore the European Court of Justice, impinge on national border controls only to the extent that they affect the free movement of citizens of the European Union. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and I have made clear on numerous occasions that we will take whatever steps are necessary to maintain our frontier controls.