Can the Prime Minister tell us whether anything to do with the Common Market has already been referred to the Central Policy Review Staff—for instance, the effects of entry on any parts of our economy—and can he assure us that, like the Rothschild Report, advice from this body to Ministers will be available to the House for discussion before it is discussed in the Council of Ministers?
There are certain aspects of the work of the C.P.R.S., for example, about research and development, on which it is possible to publish a report of the kind to which the hon. Gentleman referred. But of course the bulk of the C.P.R.S. work is of the same kind as that done by Government Departments and it is not customary to publish this either to the House or to Select Committees. As for the question of the European Community, since the decision of the House last October it has been quite natural for the C.P.R.S. to take into account in its reviews the situation when we become a member of the Community.
Will my right hon. Friend consider giving the Leader of the Opposition an opportunity to reveal in confidence to the Central Policy Review Staff what he has been so coy about revealing to the House or the nation, namely, the details of the scheme by which he would have joined the Communities without accepting Community law?