To ask the Secretary of State for Employment who will represent his Department at the social affairs meetings of the Council of Ministers on 1 and 2 March, and 26 and 27 April; and what the agenda will be for both meetings.
§ Mr. Eggar
I expect to attend the informal meeting of the Labour and Social Affairs Council on 1 and 2 March. The agenda is expected to include discussions on long-term unemployment, training in eastern Europe and the social dialogue.
It is likely that a Social Security Minister will attend the informal Social Security Ministers Council on 26 and 27 April. This will depend on the agenda, which is not yet known.