PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES

HOUSE OF COMMONS

OFFICIAL REPORT

Fourth Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c.

DRAFT EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES (DEFINITION OF TREATIES) (INTERNATIONAL RAILWAYS TARIFFS AGREEMENTS) ORDER 1993

Wednesday 3 February 1993

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The Committee consisted of the following Members:

Chairman: Mr. Iain Mills

Arbuthnot, Mr. James (Wanstead and Woodford)

Bowden, Mr. Andrew(Brighton, Kemptown)

Deva, Mr. Nirj Joseph (Brentford and Isleworth)

Dunn, Mr. Bob (Dartford)

Freeman, Mr. Roger (Minister for Public Transport

Gorman, Mrs. Teresa (Billericay)

Harvey, Mr. Nick (North Devon)

Higgins, Sir Terence (Worthing)

Johnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey (Wealden)

Loyden, Mr. Eddie (Liverpool, Garston)

McNair-Wilson, Sir Patrick (New Forest)

Mahon, Mrs. Alice (Halifax)

O'Brien, Mr. Mike (Warwickshire, North)

Pope, Mr. Greg (Hyndburn)

Shore, Mr. Peter (Bethnal Green and Stepney)

Spearing, Mr. Nigel (Newham, South)

Spicer, Mr. Jim (Dorset, West)

Wilson, Mr. Brian (Cunninghame, North)

Dr. M. R. Jack, Committee Clerk

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3 FOURTH STANDING COMMITTEE ON STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &C. Wednesday 3 February 1993

[MR. IAN MILLS in the Chair]

DRAFT EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES (DEFINITION OF TREATIES) (INTERNATIONAL RAILWAYS TARIFFS AGREEMENTS) ORDER 1993

10.30 a.m.

The Minister for Public Transport (Mr. Roger Freeman): I beg to move, That the Committee has considered the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (International Railways Tariffs Agreements) Order 1993. 4 I can be extremely brief because I sense that this measure is uncontroversial. This is a procedural matter that relates to the accession in 1986 of Spain and Portugal to the Community and the necessary incorporation under the European Communities Act 1972 into our law of a recognition of the protocol to the European Coal and Steel Community. It is purely procedural and is beneficial to British Rail and other industries and I commend it to the Committee.

10.31 am

Mr. Brian Wilson (Cumminghame, North): I was interested in what the Minister had to say. Having put that on record, I think that we should let this pass for the time being.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Committee has considered the Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (International Railways Tariffs Agreements) Order 1993.

Committee rose at twenty-nine minutes to Eleven o 'clock.

THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ATTENDED THE COMMITTEE:

Mills, Mr. Iain (Chairman)

Arbuthnot, Mr.

Bowden, Mr.

Dunn, Mr.

Freeman, Mr.

Higgins, Sir Terence

Johnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey

McNair-Wilson, Sir Patrick

Spicer, Sir Jim

Wilson, Mr.