Written Answers. - EC Council of Ministers Meetings.

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asked the Minister for the Environment the number of occasions since March, 1987 on which he has been represented at meetings of the EC Council of Ministers by (a) his Minister of State (b) the Secretary of his Department and (c) other senior civil servants.

The EC Council of Ministers (Environment) has met on 13 occasions since March 1987. During this period, I have been represented once by the Minister of State, three times by the Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Communities, and once by an assistant secretary of my Department.