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Volume 975: debated on Monday 3 December 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will notify all the Governments of EEC member countries that Her Majesty's Government consider that EEC legislation should be limited to those matters which cannot be handled adequately on a national basis and on which there is a clear case for adopting a common or uniform approach that can only be given practical effect by means of a legislative instrument at the Community level; what steps he has taken to ensure that public money is not expended on considering matters which can be adequately handled, where necessary, on a national basis; and whether he has notified the Governments of other EEC countries of this change in policy from that of the previous Government.

No. Community Governments are well aware of our policies. No change in procedures is required.