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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 15th April 1993.

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Photo of Mr Bob Cryer Mr Bob Cryer , Bradford South 3:31 pm, 15th April 1993

May we have a debate next week on the publication of accounts by political parties? It will be entirely appropriate for the Leader of the House to make a statement in support of that today as there is a notice of motion on the Order Paper for an unopposed return under the Representation of the People Act 1983, which, as the Leader of the House knows, is legislation designed to prevent corruption through excessive expenditure during a general election. Why should not we have similar legislation to prevent corruption, once the Government are in place, by payments to a political party which produced, for example, before the last general election £17 million for the Conservative party?