HC Deb 10 July 2002 vol 388 c1021W
Mr. Hayes

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his policy towards the European Commission document on a Strategy of Information and Communication for the European Union; and what measures he will undertake to ensure impartiality in such information campaigns. [68332]

Peter Hain

We welcome the Commission's document, which is a useful analysis of efforts so far by European Union institutions and member states to explain the European Union's work to the people of the European Union. It includes recommendations on how the institutions could do that job better, in partnership with member states.

The Government fully support the aim of explaining the practical benefits of British membership of the European Union to our citizens, in a straightforward and factual way. We look forward to working with our European partners to do just that.