HC Deb 04 May 1999 vol 330 c334W
Mr. Matthew Taylor

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many times the United Kingdom Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator has met members and officials of the US Government since he took up his post; and if he will list the dates and locations of each meeting, the US departments involved on each occasion and the names of the US members and officials at each meeting. [82265]

Dr. Jack Cunningham

The United Kingdom Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator and US Government officials and members met on five occasions as follows:

Following the Home Secretary's statement at the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 12 March, the Government expect shortly to be submitting a formal request to participate in provision of the Schengen aquis, under the terms of the Schengen Protocol and Declaration 45 annexed to the Amsterdam Treaty Final Act. Under this Declaration, the Council is invited to seek the opinion of the Commission before it decides on a request from the UK or Ireland to take part in Schengen provisions, and the Member States undertake to make their best efforts to facilitate such participation.