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Parliamentary Sovereignty

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:04 pm on 22nd January 1988.

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Photo of Mrs Lynda Chalker Mrs Lynda Chalker , Wallasey 3:04 pm, 22nd January 1988

I understand my hon. Friend's complaint, but other things go through the House, after passing through special Committees, which I might very much like to have debated, but we do not have the time to debate every issue. If we have another way to solve the problem, as we do here, we should perhaps take it.

As regards budgetary discipline, I agree with my hon. Friend that spending must be under control—but it is not beyond control. I have spent all this week talking about measures to bring it under control. I agree with my hon. Friend that the budgetary discipline arrangements that are now in place have not worked as well as we wanted. That is why we are insisting on legally binding control before there can be any increase in Community resources.