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Sixteen-Week Rule

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on discussions he has had with the European Commission on the proposed 16-week rule. [116898]

The Department has been in discussions with the European Commission about the proposed Directive on Recognition of Qualifications, which includes a 16-week provision of services proposal, at the European Council Working Group and in bilateral discussions with the Commission. where our concerns with this proposal have been raised.