§ Mr. Sutcliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what was the outcome of the Council of EU Education Ministers held on 7 June. 
§ Mr. Andrew Smith
On 7 June, the Council of EU Education Ministers held an exchange of views on the preparations for the implementation of the new EC education and training programmes Leonardo da Vinci II and Socrates II. Ministers also discussed the contribution of education to the European Employment Pact and Forward Planning in the field of education.
Ministers received information on the Conference of European Education Ministers in Budapest from 24 to 26 June 1991, and on the Conference of EU Higher Education Ministers which will take place in Bologna on 18 and 19 June. No formal decisions were taken.
A copy of the official minutes of the Council will be placed in the Library when they become available.