Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:31 pm on 2nd April 1980.

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Photo of Mr Chris Price Mr Chris Price , Lewisham West 9:31 pm, 2nd April 1980

The hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mr. Beith) has done the House a good turn because he has pointed to one of the flaws in the motion. I hope that Conservative Members will feel free—as they are not losing anything, and as no one will vote separately on the amendment—to accept the amendment. They have nothing to lose.

The Government know that it is not a matter of the Education (No. 2) Bill. If they insist on resisting the amendment, the House will draw only one conclusion, namely, that this motion has been brought in not to meet the needs of the Bill but to set a precedent for some of the other guillotines that the Government know they will have to bring in on Lords amendments to other Bills. They wish to prevent the House of Commons from voting separately on particular Lords amendments. I am sorry to be so suspicious. I am not sure whether the Secretary of State wishes to intervene. He seems to be on one haunch.