To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on improving the response to any future cross-border public health emergency.
There have been three occasions to date where the Secretary of State for Health, my right hon. Friend Mr Lansley, or other health Ministers have met with European Union counterparts to hold discussions in improving the response to any future cross border public health emergency.
In April 2011, I met with Commissioner Dalli, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, at an informal meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council. A discussion took place around the United Kingdom’s development of a vision in preparation for the Commission’s forthcoming decision on cross border threats to health.
In July 2011, the Secretary of State for Health, my right hon. Friend Mr Lansley, met with a small number of Members of the European Parliament as part of a visit to Brussels to influence the European Parliament on a number of forthcoming legislative proposals currently being negotiated in Council and the European Parliament. He also met with Commissioner Dalli and these discussions included European Union proposals for cross border threats to health.
In June 2012, I met with other Ministers at the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council in Luxembourg, where cross border threats to health was discussed.