§ Mr. Brazier
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the impact of measures set out in COM (97) 609 on domestic law. 
§ Mr. Hoon
The European Commission's document COM (97) 609 contributes to work being carried on in the Council to make it easier for individuals and companies to enforce any Member State's civil judgments in any other Member State. The Government broadly support the principles underlying the Commission's proposed measures in part 1 of its document. If implemented, they would necessitate changes to the Brussels Convention of 1968 and the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982. Part 2 of the communication is intended to prompt debate on wider questions relating to the enforcement of judgments in the European Union, but it contains no legislative proposals. The Government will be submitting their comments before the 30 April deadline.