Select Committee on Transport Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses (Questions 680-682)



  Q680  Chairman: Minister, we need from you a note on what is happening up to date with the EU/US negotiations. Is that possible?

  Ms Buck: Yes, certainly.

  Q681  Chairman: Is there any progress at all to report, Mr McMillan, or are we still swimming in the broad and hopeful sea of mud that most European negotiations seem to represent?

  Mr McMillan: The fact of the matter on this case is that there has been some progress in as much as there was quite a successful round of negotiations led by the European Commission with Member State representation with the Americans before Christmas. What it all hangs on now is to see to what extent the American administration is able to deliver effective access to the US market and, as you probably know, there is a proposed rule-making process in place and we await the result of that with some interest.

  Q682  Chairman: And you are going to give us a little detailed note on that?

  Mr McMillan: Indeed, yes.

  Chairman: Minister, you have been, as always, very helpful, and very patient. Doubtless we shall meet again. Thank you very much.

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