HC Deb 08 July 2003 vol 408 c733W
14. Mr. McLoughlin

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the reform of the Presidency of the European Council. [123879]

Mr. MacShane

The Government supports the proposals made by the Convention for a full-time European Council Chair, which would give its work greater continuity and coherence. We believe that reform is essential to enable the enlarged EU to work effectively.

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