asked Her Majesty's Government:
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 21 October (WA 97), why they abstained in the June vote in the Council on European Union proposals on plant protection products; and what was the tactical or other effect of that abstention. [HL6156]
The Government welcomed most of the compromise proposal which was put to the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, but remained concerned that no proper assessment of the potential impact of the proposals for endocrine disrupters on agriculture in the European Union, or of their benefits for consumers, was made available. The UK and three other member states abstained from the vote. In accordance with the rules on co-decision, the proposal was adopted with the support of the Commission and a qualified majority of member states.