§ Mr. Duncan Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which European Community countries have been fined for not complying with directives or regulations and have not yet paid the fine.
§ Mr. Heathcoat-Amory
There have not yet been instances of member states being fined for failure to comply with European Community directives or regulations. The power of the European Court of Justice to impose such fines is a new one, introduced in the Maastricht treaty following a British initiative.