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European Community

Volume 981: debated on Wednesday 26 March 1980

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asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the European Economic Community Commission's claims in Camera Care v. European Economic Community Commission, she will instruct Departments not to agree to any proposal which could subsequently be interpreted by the European Economic Community Commission to extend its powers in a way which would not be tolerated under United Kingdom law.

In this case, there is no question of the EEC Commission extending its powers. The Court of Justice has ruled that regulation 17/62, which implements the Community's competition rules and was adopted before the United Kingdom acceded to the Treaty of Rome, includes the power to take interim measures which are indispensable for the effective exercise of its functions