Bowland Dairies

Solicitor-General written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody Labour, Crewe and Nantwich

To ask the Solicitor-General if he will take steps to ensure that rulings of the European Court of Justice in favour of UK businesses are not overridden by executive action of the European Commission; and if he will seek to intervene in the case of Bowland Dairies.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

I have been asked to reply.

The European Commission is bound by the decisions of the Court. The lawfulness of European Commission actions is open to challenge under Article 230 of the treaty establishing the European Community.

The case of Bowland Dairy Products Ltd v. Commission is a matter for the parties. The United Kingdom Government have not sought to intervene in the case.

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