HC Deb 09 January 2001 vol 360 c508W
Mr. Lilley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which areas of responsibility previously within the competence of the EU institutions have been devolved to member states under the subsidiarity clause in the Maastricht Treaty. [143760]

Mr. Vaz

Subsidiarity is not about the repatriation of powers to member states Rather, it is about ensuring that where the Treaty already allows for action at both EU and member state level, the most appropriate level is chosen each time action is required.