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Working Time Directive

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vadera on 12 January (WA 130), whether, if they do not gain sufficient backing from other European Union member states for their policy on the Working Time Directive, they will refuse to implement the directive. [HL852]

Negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers on a revised working time directive are ongoing.

The Government and a majority of member states remain of the opinion that the Council's common position is the best compromise on working time and so will continue to push for the important flexibility that it brings—both for workers and for member states.