European Assembly (Directelections)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th April 1977.

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Photo of Mr Nigel Spearing Mr Nigel Spearing , Newham South 12:00 am, 20th April 1977

The right hon. Gentleman asked a specific question. The answer is that it cannot become fully democratic unless the Assembly becomes a Parliament of a new federal State with all the powers that go with it. That is the answer we would give. Will the right hon. Gentleman say why in the 1971 White Paper issued by his Government he did not refer to the obligation which he claims to direct elections?