Treaty of Lisbon (No. 7)

Part of BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE (LISBON TREATY) (No. 6) – in the House of Commons at 4:46 pm on 26th February 2008.

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Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Minister of State (Europe) 4:46 pm, 26th February 2008

Let me make some progress and I will happily give way to the hon. Gentleman later.

The second group of changes relates to better decision making and accountability. This group of reforms alters the way in which the EU takes decisions and the means of accountability for them. It provides new powers for national Parliaments; more effective decision making where it is in the UK's interests; and explicitly sets out the EU's competences—and where those competences end—for the first time.