Withdrawal would affect my Department's diverse interests in different ways. But I doubt that the consequences would on balance be very great one way or the other. The main arguments for and against withdrawal rest on the broad considerations set out in the Government's White Paper on Renegotiation.
I have had the pleasure of attending a meeting of the Council of Environment Ministers in the EEC, which I found interesting and productive, and I thought that much of the work going on was useful. If, however, the hon. Gentleman is suggesting that this is one of the major arguments pro or anti withdrawal, I cannot honestly pretend that this is so.