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Volume 982: debated on Monday 31 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will raise at the next meeting of Ministers of Industry the need for each member State to honour to the letter the full meaning of sub-paragraph (f) of article 3 of the Treaty of Rome or the European Economic Community, and report thereon to the House of Commons at the earliest possible date.

The Council of Ministers programme of meetings does not include one for Industry Ministers of the member States. Besides the terms of article 3(f), there are other provisions of the Treaty of Rome, and implementing regulations which established procedures to be followed by member States in respect of the Community's rules of competition. The EEC Commission has the responsibility of ensuring that these procedures are respected.