§ Mr. Mitchell
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 190 what EU legislation is planned in respect of(a) distance marketing of financial services and (b) the application of VAT to electronic commerce. 
§ Miss Melanie Johnson
A proposal from the European Commission for a directive on distance marketing of financial services is currently under discussion in the Council. A proposal from the European Commission to change the VAT rules relating to certain e-commerce supplies is also currently under discussion by member states.