Northern Ireland Parliament (Vacancies)

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th December 1972.

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Photo of Mr Michael McNair-Wilson Mr Michael McNair-Wilson , Walthamstow East 12:00 am, 14th December 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vacancies have occurred in the suspended Northern Ireland Parliament since March 1972.

Photo of Mr Peter Mills Mr Peter Mills , Torrington

Two—one in the House of Commons and one in the Senate.

Photo of Mr Michael McNair-Wilson Mr Michael McNair-Wilson , Walthamstow East

Does not my lion. Friend agree that allowing those vacancies to remain indefinitely without increased representation at Westminster adds weight to the justifiable grievance of people in Northern Ireland that neither at Westminster nor in their Province are they given representation commensurate with the representation given in other parts of the United Kingdom?

Photo of Mr Peter Mills Mr Peter Mills , Torrington

I quite understand what my hon. Friend is saying. However, we believe that it is right to await the announcement of the White Paper and what it entails.