European Communities Bill (Sub Judice Rule)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th May 1972.

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Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral 12:00 am, 24th May 1972

The right hon. Gentleman said that he did not give me very long notice of his intention to raise this point and I am afraid that I have not had very much time to consider it. I will consider it. My provisional opinion is, as he has pointed out, that the sub judice rule specifically reserves the right of the House to legislate on any matter. If anything needs to be added to that ruling I will consider it and perhaps rule upon it later. As to my present feeling, it is that the House has a complete freedom to exercise the right to legislate and, therefore, to discuss any matter of legislation.