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Mr. Hopkins rose—

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Mr. Spring rose—

Peter Hain: I am sorry. I will not take interventions at this stage on that matter.

Such a policy would leave us isolated, and it is one of the factors that the public will have to bear in mind in the coming period.

Question put and agreed to.


    That the Committee takes note of European Union Documents No. 14117/01, the Commission Strategy Paper and Report on the progress towards accession by each of the candidate countries with Addenda 1 to 13, the 2001 Regular Reports on progress by individual candidate countries, No. 5745/02, the Commission Communication on a Common Financial Framework 2004-2006 for the Accession Negotiations and No. 5638/02, the Commission Communication on Enlargement and Agriculture: successfully integrating the new Member States into the CAP; welcomes the Government's continuing commitment to EU enlargement; and supports the Government's aim to complete negotiations with those candidates that are ready by the end of this year, so that they can participate in the European Parliament elections in 2004 as Member States.

        Committee rose at twenty-nine minutes to Seven o'clock.

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The following Members attended the Committee:
Illsley, Mr. (Chairman)
Cairns, David
Farrelly, Paul
Hopkins, Mr.

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Johnson, Mr. Boris
Palmer, Dr. Nick
Williams, Hywel

The following also attended, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119(5):

Caplin, Mr. Ivor (Hove)
Hain, Peter (Minister for Europe)
Heathcoat-Amory, Mr. David (Wells)
Spring, Mr. Richard (West Suffolk)


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