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Business of the House

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1966.

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Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley 12:00 am, 24th November 1966

No one takes up the position that the Opposition can dictate, but there are well-established traditions about what is a reasonable time for consideration of a Government White Paper in an instance such as this. The whole House has been extraordinarily cooperative with the right hon. Gentleman in not pressing for a debate while these vital talks are going on. If the Government are to publish conclusions in the White Paper, it is only reasonable that the House should have proper time to consider them before the debate.