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European Community (Transport Infrastructure)

Volume 978: debated on Monday 4 February 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport on how many occasions British representatives have been present at meetings of the EEC transport infrastructure committee; what schemes they have put forward for consideration as of Community interest; and what input, in terms of transport infrastructure schemes of potential Community interest, has been made by the United Kingdom Government prior to the publication of the Commission's green paper on transport infrastructure.

British representatives have attended all three meetings of the committee already held and will attend the meeting planned for 5 February. No scheme of Community interest from any country has yet been put to the Committee. Like most other member States, the United Kingdom has complied with the Commission's request for information on conditions on main traffic arteries. The Commission may draw on this information for the purposes of its report to the Transport Council on bottlenecks in transport infrastructure, but the information was supplied on the understanding that it did not necessarily represent the United Kingdom's views on priorities and in no way prejudged the Government's choice of projects of Community interest.