15 JANUARY 2002
By the Select Committee appointed to consider European
Union documents and other matters relating to the European Union.
EVIDENCE BY THE MINISTER OF STATE, FOREIGN
AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, ON THE LAEKEN EUROPEAN COUNCIL
1. In recent years it has been our practice to take
evidence regularly, normally after the six-monthly meetings of
the European Council, from a Minister of State at the Foreign
and Commonwealth Office.
2. Accordingly, in this report we make available,
for the information of the House, the oral evidence given to us
by Peter Hain MP, Minister for Europe, on the outcome of the Laeken
European Council held on 14 and 15 December 2001.
3. The transcript of our session with the Minister
includes questions on the following topics:
to prepare the IGC QQ 4-5, 38-42
on the future of Europe QQ2-3, 53-4
· Enlargement QQ29-37
Arrest Warrant QQ6-26
Security and Defence Policy QQ43-50