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EU INSPIRE Directive

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the implications for the UK’s national security of the EU INSPIRE directive; and whether his Department has made representations to the European Commission on this matter. (76681)

The Ministry of Defence has been fully involved in scrutinising the evolving INSPIRE directive for any possible impact on defence and national security. The INSPIRE text adopted as the Common Position on 23 January 2006, was acceptable in this respect. We will, however, maintain our scrutiny in relation to any proposed amendments to the Common Position emerging from the ongoing European parliamentary process.

As the lead Department within Government, DEFRA officials have met with the European Commission on a number of occasions to discuss a wide range of issues, including the British Government’s clear and well-known position that INSPIRE should not jeopardise national security, defence and international relations.