As my hon. Friend has received no representations from within Britain to go down the road to European federalism, and as there was no mandate last year from our general election for increased measures of European federalism, will it be the Government's policy not to head further down the road to federalism in Europe during the lifetime of this Parliament?
The Government have always made it clear that we do not support moves towards European federalism. We believe that the Community has a substantial number of practical problems to address itself to and that it could do a great service to all the people of the Community if it concentrated on those matters for the foreseeable future.
Will the resolution of the European Assembly, to which the Minister has just referred, be considered by the new ad hoc committee of personal representatives? Will the hon. Gentleman confirm that the establishment of that ad hoc committee was in paragraph 6 of the unpublished presidential communiqué? Was that paragraph expressly assented to by the Prime Minister at Fontainebleau?
The agenda of the committee to which the hon. Gentleman referred has not been finalised. The Government are perfectly happy to participate in that committee and to play a constructive part in its deliberations.
No, there is not such a risk. The sort of expenditure that would be incurred if the overruns were to be financed would not help to reduce the imbalance in the present expenditure of the Community in the way that the United Kingdom believes appropriate, as my hon. Friend knows. The overspend would be caught purely by agricultural expenditure, which already takes far too high a proportion of Community spending.