Intergovernmental Conference

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – in the House of Commons at 1:48 pm on 27th November 1996.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) 1:48 pm, 27th November 1996

It is not our intention that the working time directive will stay as a part of the acquis communautaire. We have stated clearly that there are two requirements for the IGC to make progress: one is that the directive be disapplied to the United Kingdom; the other is that the loophole created by the directive in the social chapter opt-out be removed. The first stage of that was achieved by tabling our proposal that the health and safety article—article 118(a), as my hon. Friend knows—should be subject to unanimity.