Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many essays (a) critical of further political integration in Europe and (b) opposed to UK membership of the European Union were (i) submitted and (ii) awarded prizes in his Department?s competition, “What Europe Means to Me”. [143656]

    Mr. Vaz: As co-sponsors, local newspapers in Leicester, Liverpool and Leeds agreed to receive and judge all the entries for the competition.

    Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if potential entrants to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office competition, “What Europe Means to Me”, were informed that essays critical of closer political integration in Europe would be accepted. [143657]

    Mr. Vaz: No. Our co-sponsors, local newspapers in Leicester, Liverpool and Leeds, simply asked entrants to write an essay on the theme of “What Europe Means to Me”.

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