The Government pays close attention to statements by Chancellor Merkel as current President of the European Council. There is at present no consensus among EU member states on the future of the Constitutional Treaty. On the basis of extensive consultations with member states, the German Presidency will present a report on the state of discussion with regard to the Constitutional Treaty, and possible future developments, to the June European Council. We have every confidence that Chancellor Merkel will seek to find a consensus among member states. The Government’s approach to these discussions was set out in my written ministerial statement of 5 December 2006, Official Report, columns 10-11WS.