HC Deb 17 March 1998 vol 308 cc566-7W
12. Ms Squire

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on relations between the proposed Scottish Parliament and EU institutions. [33166]

Mr. Dewar

The Government's intentions on links between the Scottish Parliament and the institutions of the European Communities are as set out in Chapter 5 of the White Paper, "Scotland's Parliament".

Mr. Ancram

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what draft concordats he is currently preparing to regulate the participation of Ministers of the Scottish Executive in meetings of the European Council of Ministers; and if he will make a copy of the draft concordats available in the Library. [33890]

Mr. Dewar

Discussions are in train, at Ministerial and official level, about the non-statutory arrangements which will be needed for policy co-ordination of EU issues after devolution. Work on the draft of an agreement, which cannot be finalised until the Scottish Executive is established, is at an early stage. I shall make copies of the draft agreement available when this work is sufficiently advanced.

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