HL Deb 18 December 2001 vol 630 cc33-4WA
Baroness Miller of Hendon

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the comment by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 3 December (HL Deb, col. 583) that "I cannot claim … to know exactly what was said by every person who took part in the negotiations" at the Doha meeting of the World Trade Organisation, whether there are any procedures to write minutes of all meetings, formal and informal, between officials taking part in discussions and negotiations at conferences where the United Kingdom is represented; and whether such minutes are available to responsible Ministers who are not personally present. [HL1896]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

There are no fixed procedures to write minutes of informal meetings where the UK is represented.

The UK is represented by the European Commission in its dealings with the WTO. At Doha, oral feedback was provided to Ministers on meetings at which the UK was not present.

Ministers of other relevant departments who are not present at meetings are kept informed of developments and outcomes.