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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 Nigel Spearing Mr Nigel Spearing , Newham South 12:00 am, 7th July 1977

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. A few moments ago I pointed out to you that yesterday we had five speakers on one side, followed by myself, one of my right hon. Friends and the hon. Member for Banbury (Mr. Marten), followed by my hon. Friend the Member for Southampton, Test (Mr. Gould). I think that, as the House knows, their views were well known and it was known that they would be speaking against the Bill. A little while ago, Mr. Deputy Speaker, you listened to some further points of order. You have also said that right hon. Members have a certain precedence. I believe that there are two right hon. Members on the Opposition side of the House wishing to catch your eye and I believe that one of them may well wish to oppose the Bill. I therefore suggest to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, in line with the points that have been made by my hon. Friends, that if we are to have a debate in which points may be replied to, one against the other, some alternative arrangement of speakers is required.

I should have hoped that the views of those seeking to catch your eye, list or no list—and I do not think that one existed—would be found appropriate to make a debate.