HC Deb 01 July 1997 vol 297 c90W
Sir Richard Body

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many directives under the social chapter are currently being prepared by the European Commission; and how many of these will be subject to unanimous decision. [6088]

Mr. Doug Henderson

The Commission have launched consultations with a view to possible legislation in two areas under the Social Agreement: rights to part-time workers, on which the European Social Partners have negotiated a framework agreement which may be translated into a directive; and arrangements for information and consultation of workers, on which the Commission recently published a consultation paper. The Voting procedure for directives on either of these issues would be Qualified Majority Voting.