European Union

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 13th December 2006.

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Photo of John Prescott John Prescott Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 11:30 am, 13th December 2006

I am just checking to see that the press are in the Gallery.

I regularly discuss policy relating to Europe with ministerial colleagues. Detailed departmental policy relating to the European Union is decided collectively by Cabinet and its committees. For example, I chaired recent Cabinet committee discussions about the future of the European emissions trading scheme. As a result of those discussions, we agreed a set of proposals that were submitted to the European Commission. The House will be aware that the Commission recently confirmed that the UK is the only member state to produce an acceptable cap on carbon emissions for the next stage of the emissions trading scheme. It was a tough decision, but it demonstrated the Government's commitment to tackling climate change and the importance of bringing Departments together to discuss difficult political issues and make a decision.

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Martin
Posted on 14 Dec 2006 4:19 pm (Report this annotation)

"I am just checking to see that the press are in the Gallery."

Why? Doesn't John Prescott answer questions if members of the press aren't present?