HC Deb 28 June 2000 vol 352 c534W
Mr. Redwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the matters currently decided by the Department of Health which could be determined by a qualified majority vote in the EU if the Draft Treaty of Nice is agreed. [126576]

Mr. Vaz

[holding answer 19 June 2000]: Extension of QMV is on the agenda of the Intergovernmental Conference, but we are still at a relatively early stage in the negotiations. There is no draft Treaty. The Commission has put forward its opinion on the IGC, but Treaty change is a matter for the member states. The Presidency report to the European Council in Feira outlined areas for discussion in the second half of this year. However, except for the rules of procedure of the European Courts, no area has yet attracted consensus for a move to QMV.

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