European Parliamentarians (Facilities)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th February 1980.

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Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Central Fife 12:00 am, 11th February 1980

That is acceptable as far as it goes. Will the right hon. Gentleman accept that, however desirable increased liaison between the Members of the European Parliament and Members of this House may be, so long as facilities in the House are so grossly inadequate for existing Members it would be intolerable to give facilities to another 81 Members of Parliament and their wives, friends, families and secretaries. If such a proposition were to be put to the House on a free vote, there would be an overwhelming majority against it.