§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
asked the Secretary of State for Industry how many meetings of the Council of Ministers, Ministers from the Department of Industry attended or presided over during the period of Great Britain's presidency of the EEC; and what advances in European industrial policy were made during this period.
Mr. Alan Williams
There were no meetings of the Council of Ministers to discuss industrial policy matters. Progress in European industrial policy in a number of areas was carried forward at official level.
The Minister of State for Industry, my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, 13W Ardwick (Mr. Kaufman) chaired a meeting of the Council of Ministers (Research) on 28th-29th March. The meeting was also attended by the Under-Secretary of State, my hon. Friend the Member for Nuneaton (Mr. Huckfield).