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Volume 130: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when he will next be meeting his EEC counterparts to discuss unemployment throughout Europe; and if he will make a statement.

I met European Commission colleagues on 14–15 March at an informal meeting of Labour Ministers. The meeting discussed a number of EC developments touching on unemployment, notably the future role of the European social fund and employment in the steel industry. I took the opportunity to draw attention to the continuing high level of unemployment across Europe. The next formal meeting will be on 9 June. I will, in the usual way, make a statement following that meeting.