HC Deb 11 April 2000 vol 348 c112W
Mr. Redwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the Government are taking to try to prevent a conflict between the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. [118310]

Mr. Vaz

The European Court of Justice has for many years taken account of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, although not formally bound by it. Instances where the two courts have differed in their interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights have been very rare. The Government are working to ensure that the risk of conflict does not increase as a result of the current discussions about a European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights.