Skip to main content

Ec Social Action Programme

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 22 May 1990

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.


To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will make a statement on the Government's approach to the European Commission's social action programme.

We intend to take a full part in the negotiations on the individual proposals in the social action programme. We will measure each proposal against two key criteria: first, its effect on jobs and unemployment; and secondly, whether it accords with the principle of subsidiarity, which means that action should not be proposed at Community level in areas best left to member states to deal with in accordance with their tradition and practice.