HC Deb 27 October 1997 vol 299 cc669-70W
Mr. Mitchell

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list by section those aspects of the Amsterdam treaty which will require primary legislation to amend any United Kingdom Act of Parliament. [12849]

Mr. Doug Henderson

It will be necessary to amend section 1(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 to give effect in domestic law to those provisions of the treaty of Amsterdam and those protocols adopted at Amsterdam which will form part of the Community legal order. These are articles 2 to 9, article 12, and the other provisions of the treaty so far as they relate to those articles; as well as the protocols adopted at Amsterdam other than the protocol on article J.7 of the treaty on European Union.

Mr. Mitchell

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what copies of the provisional draft treaty of Amsterdam were available in the United Kingdom between its publication and 2 October; when and by whom the substantive text of the treaty, as signed on 2 October, was published in the United Kingdom; what significant changes in the text were made between the provisional and signatory versions of the treaty; and if he will place in the Library a full list of such changes. [12811]

Mr. Henderson

Copies of the following versions of the draft treaty of Amsterdam were sent to Parliament on these dates:

  • CONF/4001: 18 June
  • CONF/4002: 16 July
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  • CONF/4004: 7 August
  • CONF/4005: 26 September

The final version of the treaty—CONF 4007—was sent to Parliament on 10 October, and will be published shortly as a command paper. No major changes were made in the text of the treaty between the provisional version and the treaty as signed. There were a number of declarations made which do not form part of the treaty.

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