European Community

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:57 pm on 18th December 1980.

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Photo of Mr Roger Moate Mr Roger Moate , Faversham 5:57 pm, 18th December 1980

My hon. Friend will understand that we are supposed to be debating developments in the European Community, January to June 1980. It is an important and comprehensive report. If my hon. Friend places such little reliance and value on many of the statements that have been made so far in the debate—and I do not quarrel with that as an assertion on his part—would it not be more helpful if he and my right hon. Friend the Lord Privy Seal were to spend less time responding to partisan points and discussed the document in a constructive manner? May I suggest that they are both contributing to the ritualistic debate that he is deploring? May we get on to the subject?