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EU Committees

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the (i) Joint Committee (EEC-Nepal), (ii) Joint Committee (EEC-Pakistan) and (iii) Joint Committee (EEC-Sri Lanka) met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (Europe)

The EEC-Nepal Joint Committee met once under the Dutch presidency in September 2004 in Kathmandu. It did not meet under the Italian or Irish presidencies. The EEC-Pakistan Joint Committee did not meet under the Italian. Irish or Dutch presidencies. The EEC-Sri Lanka Joint Committee met once under the Dutch presidency on 29 October 2004 in Brussels. No meetings took place during the Italian or Irish presidencies. These are Commission led groups, which the presidency of the day attends as observers only, representing other member states. As such there were no British officials present at these meetings.

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