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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 Dr David Owen Dr David Owen , Plymouth, Devonport 12:00 am, 7th July 1977

The House was told, as the right hon. Gentleman knows perfectly well, that there was a free vote on that occasion. He also knows that the issue of principle was decided by many people on the Opposition Benches exercising their right—[HON. MEMBERS: "Where are all the Cabinet?"] Right hon. and hon. Members who have come into this debate without having heard any of the arguments might at least listen to the arguments on a serious issue. [HON. MEMBERS: "Where is Wedgie?"] Those same right hon. and hon. Members—[HON. MEMBERS: "There he is."]