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EU Reform: Treaties

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice he has received on the legal status of the mandate agreed at the June European Council; and whether the Government are bound by that mandate. (147734)

[holding answer 9 July 2007]: The Government received legal advice from Government lawyers on all aspects of the mandate for a reform treaty. The mandate is a political commitment by the Governments of member states.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will (a) list and (b) place in the Library all legal documents agreed at the June European Council. (147735)

[holding answer 9 July 2007]: No legal documents were agreed at the June European Council. The European Council conclusions and mandate for a reform treaty are political agreements by the Governments of member states. A copy has already been placed in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2007 to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field), Official Report, columns 898-99W, on the European Union: treaties, on what date he expects the white paper to be presented. (148367)

The Government expect to publish a White Paper setting out their approach to the intergovernmental conference (IGC) on the proposed Reform treaty to coincide with the opening of the IGC.