asked the Lord Privy Seal, further to his answer to the hon. Member for Oxford (Mr. Patten) Official Report, 25 April, columns 280–1, if he will confirm that the question of a new building for the Council of Ministers was included on the agenda for the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 21 and 22 April but not discussed; and if he will make a statement.
The item was removed from the agenda by the presidency before the Foreign Affairs Council on 21 and 22 April.It was discussed, however, at the Foreign Affairs Council on 6 May, when the Council examined the short list of developers selected by the Belgian Government and decided to communicate its opinion on this to the Belgian authorities. I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Leominster (Mr.. Temple-Morris) on 8 May.