Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP, Paymaster General, HM Treasury to the Chairman

  In my letter of 30 June 2004[162] I provided you with an update regarding an initiative by Spain relating to the boarding and seizure of vessels on the high seas.

  The proposal, first proposed by Spain in February 2002, has made no progress. Successive Presidencies have not tabled the issue for discussion, so the proposal remains extant.

  The Government's view remains unchanged that because of the legal and constitutional problems the best outcome would be the withdrawal of the proposal. Only the Spanish, however, can withdraw the proposal and despite discussion with them they are reluctant to do so. We will continue to informally press them to withdraw the proposal but, without their agreement, there is little else we can do.

24 July 2006

162   Correspondence with Ministers, 4th Report of Session 2005-06, HL Paper 16, p 259. Back

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