§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he plans to request United Kingdom participation in aspects of the Schengen Agreement under Article 4 of the Protocol upon entry into force of the Amsterdam Treaty. 
§ Kate Hoey
I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary to the right hon. Member for Penrith and The Border (Mr. Maclean), on 12 March 1999,Official Report, columns 380–82. Following that statement, it is intended to submit a written application shortly, under the terms of Article 4 of the Protocol integrating the Schengen acquis into the framework of the European Union. Parliament will be informed of our application.