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Orders of the Day — European Assembly Elections Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th July 1977.

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Photo of Mr Alexander Fletcher Mr Alexander Fletcher , Edinburgh North 12:00 am, 7th July 1977

Did it not occur to the Government when they signed the agreement with the other member States regarding allocation of seats throughout the Community that if they agreed that the Irish Republic should have 15 seats and, on this basis, Northern Ireland should have three, there would be every reason for a strong sense of injustice in Northern Ireland—leaving aside Wales and Scotland? It knows that with half the population of the South it has only one-fifth the representation in Europe.