European Transport Policy

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Mr. Pickles: The Minister is being very open with the Committee, for which we are grateful. Do I take it from what he said that the answer to my questionwhether we are approaching the Commission for a relaxation of the rules on state aidis yes?

Mr. Spellar: We are always in discussion with the Commission about several issues on which state aid provisions may or may not apply. That is true across the board precisely because the Commission is concerned wherever there is subsidy or an artificial market because of its desire to create a single European market.

In conclusion, we have had a useful discussion and dealt with many issues. I therefore commend the motion to the Committee and urge the Committee to reject the amendment.

Question put, That the amendment be made:

The Committee divided: Ayes 3, Noes 6.

Division No. 1]

Francois, Mr. Mark Hoban, Mr. Mark
Lamb, Norman

Dean, Mrs. Janet Dobbin, Jim Foster, Mr. Michael Jabez
Gibson, Dr. Ian Quinn, Lawrie Vis, Dr. Rudi

Question accordingly negatived.

Main Question agreed to.


    That the Committee takes note of European Union documents No. 11932/01, Commission White Paper: European Transport Policy for 2010: Time to Decide, and No. 12597/01, draft decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending decision No. 1692/96/EC on Community guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network; and endorses the Government's approach to discussions on these documents.

Committee rose at twenty minutes past Twelve o'clock.

The following Members attended the Committee:
Hurst, Mr. Alan (Chairman)
Dean, Mrs.
Dobbin, Jim
Foster, Mr. Michael Jabez
Francois, Mr.
Hoban, Mr.
Lamb, Norman
Quinn, Lawrie
Vis, Dr.

The following also attended, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119(5):
Caplin, Mr. Ivor (Hove)
Pickles, Mr. Eric (Brentwood and Ongar)
Spellar, Mr. John (Minister for Transport)
Pugh, Dr. John (Southport)

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