HC Deb 09 November 1999 vol 337 c506W
Mr. Mitchell

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what function is performed by, the Observatory on Family Matters, appointed by the European Commission; what are its(a) terms of reference and (b) annual cost; and who represents Her Majesty's Government on it. [97955]

Angela Eagle

The European Observatory on National Family Policies is the responsibility of the European Commission. I understand that its membership involves academics who produce annual reports monitoring family policy in each member state at a cost to the European Commission of £400,000 annually. The Government are not represented on the Observatory but the current UK national expert is Ceridwen Roberts of the Family Policy Study Centre.

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