§ 41. Mr. Skinner
asked the Lord Privy Seal when he expects to meet the new President of the Assembly of the European Economic Community; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Skinner
Is the Minister aware that the Common Market and/or its Assembly cannot declare itself to be in favour of human rights in the Third world for as long as it refuses to concern itself with American interference in El Salvador? Will he call upon the President to condemn the recent allocation of $100 million by President Reagan to buy guns to stoke up the war atrocities in El Salvador—a war that has already resulted in over 30,000 casualties?
§ Mr. Dykes
Will my right hon. Friend suggest that the Belgian President of the Council of Ministers and the new President of the European Parliament should have a formal meeting to discuss how the Community can be taken forward with concerted policies, as it has become clear and self-evident that it cannot be left in the unreliable hands of the European Council?
§ Mr. Hurd
I am sure the the new President, who is a lively and energetic person, will find an opportunity before long to make his views known on these subjects. However, we are not likely, in the foreseeable future, to have a fundamental change in the treaties. It will remain true that the basic decisions of the Community will be taken by the Council of Ministers.
§ Mr. Russell Johnston
Given that Mr. Dankert is lively and vigorous, as the Minister said, will he ask him to use his good offices, as a Dutch Socialist, with the British Labour Party and perhaps lead it to a more reasonable approach to the European Community?
§ Mr. Squire
Will my right hon. Friend also ask the President to advise the hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner) and his constituents of the real benefits that the mining industry has received from a whole range of EEC grants?