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European Assembly

Volume 892: debated on Wednesday 21 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish any concluded proposals by the EEC Commission for strengthening the powers of the European Assembly.

The only current proposal relates to the budgetary powers of the European Assembly. It is contained in a draft treaty on which agreement was reached by the Council of Ministers on 4th June 1974 subject to a United Kingdom reservation on ratification. Copies of the original draft treaty and of the changes agreed by the Council have been deposited in Parliament and examined by the Scrutiny Committee. If Her Majesty's Government sign the treaty, it will be published as a Command Paper and brought before the House in an affirmative order under Section 1(3) of the European Communities Act.