Electoral Law (MR. Speaker's Conference)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1968.

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Photo of Mr Charles Pannell Mr Charles Pannell , Leeds West 12:00 am, 24th July 1968

With great respect, Mr. Speaker, you interrupted my prefatory remarks. I was about to add the words "on this issue".

In view of the fact that the Latey Commission was not given this matter in its terms of reference, but that the matter was specially reserved to Mr. Speaker's Conference, which devoted many sittings to it, a far greater amount of time than the Cabinet could give it, does my right hon. Friend understand that there is a flat duty resting on the Government, out of respect for Mr. Speaker's Conference and for other people, to allow a free vote on this issue?