Treaty of Lisbon (No. 6) — [6th Allotted Day]

Part of Business of the House (Lisbon Treaty) (No. 5) – in the House of Commons at 5:42 pm on 25th February 2008.

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Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation 5:42 pm, 25th February 2008

I agree with the hon. Gentleman that EU enlargement has been an important driver for development, but he will agree that there must be some geographic limits on enlargement. The EU has association agreements with countries that it would not accept into membership, including countries in north Africa and the middle east. Surely it is right that the European Union, which has been very good for development in central and eastern Europe, should apply that same expertise and those same strictures further afield, particularly in the poorest countries.