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Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to appeal against the judgments of the European Court of Justice in Case C-77/05 and Case C-137/05 on the UK's position on Frontex. (197052)

We will not be appealing against the European Court of Justice’s verdict on our challenge to the UK’s exclusion from the Frontex Regulation. The position of the UK in relation to Frontex remains as previously: the Frontex Regulation does not bind nor apply to the UK, but the UK may take part in operations and activities on a case-by-case basis, with the agreement of the Frontex Management Board. The UK Government have a legitimate interest in the security of the external European border and we remain committed to working closely with our European partners and Frontex in strengthening that security.