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Mr. Pickles: The Minister is being very open with the Committee, for which we are grateful. Do I take it from what he said that the answer to my questionwhether we are approaching the Commission for a relaxation of the rules on state aidis yes?
Mr. Spellar: We are always in discussion with the Commission about several issues on which state aid provisions may or may not apply. That is true across the board precisely because the Commission is concerned wherever there is subsidy or an artificial market because of its desire to create a single European market.
In conclusion, we have had a useful discussion and dealt with many issues. I therefore commend the motion to the Committee and urge the Committee to reject the amendment.
Question put, That the amendment be made:
The Committee divided: Ayes 3, Noes 6.
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Main Question agreed to.
Committee rose at twenty minutes past Twelve o'clock.
The following Members attended the Committee:
The following also attended, pursuant to Standing Order No. 119(5):
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