HC Deb 09 November 1999 vol 337 cc486-7W
Mr. Mitchell

To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 1 November 1999,Official Report, column 3, on the European Charter of Rights, (a) when he expects to publish the name and qualifications of the personal representative he is nominating to the drafting body of the working group and (b) what items he expects to be included in such a charter additional to those in the existing European Convention and those capable of introduction under existing treaty powers. [97954]

The Prime Minister

The Finnish Presidency has now confirmed that the first meeting of the drafting body will take place on 17 December. I will therefore announce the details of my representative shortly.

I believe that the Charter should make it easier for EU citizens to know the civil and political rights they already enjoy under the Treaties, including those covered by Article 6.2 of the Treaty on European Union. The Cologne Conclusions, copies of which were placed in the Libraries, provide further indications of the ground that might be covered.