§ Mr. Harry Greenway
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom commitment to Polish membership of the EC.
§ Mr. Garel-Jones
The United Kingdom has long supported EC membership for Poland and other central European countries as soon as they are ready. The objective of their accession was endorsed for the first time by the European Council at Edinburgh, which identified the EC association agreements as the means to prepare them for this. The United Kingdom, which was the first EC member state to ratify these agreements, is now working to ensure that they are implemented in full and developed.