The Tories are trying to get their hands on the minutes of the Coreper meetings in which the Perm Reps discussed setting up the EU diplomatic service (as discovered by Bruno Waterfield)
They have a question down.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the European Commission's report on the COREPER meetings on the European External Action Service held on 7 and 13 May 2008
Jim Murphy, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office:
holding answer 13 June 2008
It is for the European Commission to decide what it does with internal records of meetings attended by its officials.
Er... Coreper is not a committee of people who work for the Commission - it is a committee of all the Permanent Representatives of the member states. Basically our (civil servant) ambassadors to the EU. And can't we publish what our own British officials are saying in Brussels? (hint: no)
On the other hand I can see how it would be an easy mistake to make given the tendency of our Perm Secs to go native over the years.
It's like the old joke about the lost tourist in Whitehall who asks a policeman which side the Foreign Office is on:
"Supposedly ours, but you have to wonder sometimes."