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European Council

Volume 459: debated on Wednesday 2 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many EU Council meetings he has attended since taking up his post; and who represents him if he is unable to attend. (133753)

[holding answer 30 April 2007]: During each six-month presidency, EU Defence Ministers meet once in the format of the General Affairs and External Relations Council. I have attended both such meetings since taking office. Another Minister or senior official would represent me if I were unable to attend.