European Communities Act 1972

House of Lords written question – answered at on 23 March 2011.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Verma on 8 March (Official Report, col. 1518-20) concerning the decision of the European Court of Justice on insurance and gender discrimination, whether they will bring forward a Bill to repeal Section 2 of the European Communities Act 1972 to enable Parliament to set aside that decision.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

Section 2 of the European Communities Act enables UK law to recognise obligations within the treaties which are to be given legal effect without further enactment. A Bill such as that described would therefore undermine the legal basis of our membership of the European Union. As this Government believe that EU membership is in the UK's national interest, we do not intend to bring forward such a Bill.

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