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EU: Regulations and Directives

Volume 694: debated on Wednesday 18 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many times since the general election of 1997 they have used their veto in the Council of Ministers to block a regulation or directive which must be decided by unanimity. [HL4671]

A measure that a member state has indicated it will veto is not normally put to a vote in the Council. The information requested by the noble Lord is therefore not available.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many directives or regulations since the general election of 1997 determined by (a) qualified majority voting, and (b) unanimity have gone onto the European statute book. [HL4672]

The information as requested by the noble Lord is not held centrally by the Government. To collate this would incur disproportionate cost.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many times, in the European Council of Ministers since the general election of 1997, a regulation or directive which must be decided by unanimity and which they supported has been blocked by another member state using its veto. [HL4675]

A measure that a member state has indicated it will veto is not normally put to a vote in the Council. The information requested by the noble Lord is therefore not available.