[Ann Winterton in the Chair] — Economic Partnership Agreements

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:45 pm on 8th June 2006.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Party Chair, Co-operative Party 2:45 pm, 8th June 2006

Let me be clear about why we believe that there has not yet been progress on the rules of origin. It has been because there is an impact assessment being made of the rules of origin in the review process which the European Commission has rightly put in place. Frankly, that has taken longer than we would have liked. We believe that we need to move forward with other member states and with all the different bits of the Commission to reach agreement on the negotiating position for the Commission on the issue. I hope that that additional clarity is helpful.