HL Deb 09 May 2002 vol 634 cc189-90WA
Lord Pearson of Rannoch

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the statement by Lord Rooker on 23 April (HL Deb, col. 223), what would be the principal effect of the European Union acquiring full legal personality. [HL4000]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

It would acquire legal capacity to act in the international field to the extent of the powers and functions conferred on it.

For the Government's views on legal personality for the European Union, I refer the noble Lord to the Answer I gave him on 17 December 2001 (Official Report, col. WA 10).