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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:40 pm on 27th February 1986.

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Photo of Mr Dudley Smith Mr Dudley Smith , Warwick and Leamington 4:40 pm, 27th February 1986

Does the right hon. Gentleman remember any occasion in his time when the Government of the day did not get their major legislation through, either because of attrition or because of the guillotine, with the one notable exception on the Floor of the House when there was an unholy but very effective alliance between the right hon. Member for South Down (Mr. Powell) and the right hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent (Mr. Foot) on the abolition of the House of Lords? That was a constitutional measure.