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Orders of the Day — European Community (Shipbuilding)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th July 1975.

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Photo of Dennis Skinner Dennis Skinner , Bolsover 12:00 am, 4th July 1975

Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Is not this the truth of the matter? Notwithstanding the fact that these documents have been out-distanced by other events taking place within the Common Market, the Council of Ministers and the Commission, the Government, albeit with lack of support from the Conservative Party, only a few weeks after the referendum, have been unable, at a quarter to five on a Friday, to muster sufficient votes in the House of Commons to take note of this document. This is an indictment of the fact that all those hon. Members who are so keen on Common Market ideas have not been able to present themselves in this Chamber to give the Government sufficient support.

The fact is that, had a vote been taken, the Government know, as do the Opposition who dragged us into Europe, that those of us who are opposed to the Common Market would have carried the day. That is why this motion has been talked out by the Minister.