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Bowland Dairies

Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

To ask the Solicitor-General if he will take steps to ensure that rulings of the European Court of Justice in favour of UK businesses are not overridden by executive action of the European Commission; and if he will seek to intervene in the case of Bowland Dairies. (113106)

I have been asked to reply.

The European Commission is bound by the decisions of the Court. The lawfulness of European Commission actions is open to challenge under Article 230 of the treaty establishing the European Community.

The case of Bowland Dairy Products Ltd v. Commission is a matter for the parties. The United Kingdom Government have not sought to intervene in the case.