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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 23rd November 1992.

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Photo of Mr Paul Channon Mr Paul Channon , Southend West 3:30 pm, 23rd November 1992

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there will be a wide feeling of relief at the successful conclusion of the talks? They have, after all, taken six years, as they started under the previous British presidency. Does not my right hon. Friend's statement show how important it is to set up a new disputes machinery so that the damaging row between the Americans and the Community will not occur again? How does my right hon. Friend see the way forward for negotiations within the Community? Can matters be settled by qualified majority, or does the Luxembourg compromise still exist? I thought that it had been abolished in 1983.