§ Mr. Letwin
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what position was taken by Her Majesty's Government during the Council of Ministers' discussion of the Court of Auditors' report on 9 March; what conclusions were reached by the Council of Ministers; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mrs. Liddell
[holding answer 17 March 1998]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Ms Lawrence) on 12 March 1998, Official Report, column 319.672W
As representative of the UK, I additionally noted the unacceptably high level of errors reported in the Statement of Assurance, called on the Commission to work with Member States to improve performance, and welcomed the work already undertaken to improve financial control of the Structural Funds.