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Justice and Home Affairs: Passerelle

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government are opposed in principle to the use of the passerelle in justice and home affairs. (113496)

I refer the hon. Member to the statement given to the House by the Foreign Secretary on 18 December 2006. As my right hon. Friend noted, the Government firmly believe that the current focus should be on getting JHA policies and cooperation right and it welcomed the emphasis on practical co-operation in the conclusions from the European Council. As we stated at the December Justice and Home Affairs Council, the Government regard the current debate as over.