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Volume 934: debated on Monday 27 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will move to amend Section 2 of the European Communities Act to ensure that no EEC regulations, recommendation or decision is a valid law until it is passed or has received the assent of both Houses of Parliament.

No. As I am sure my hon. Friend will appreciate, such an amendment would put the United Kingdom in breach of its obligations in the Community Treaties. As explained in the White Paper on membership of the European Community issued in March 1975.

"directly applicable Community law is an essential part of the Community machinery".