Orders of the Day — Referendums (Scotland and Wales) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 22nd May 1997.

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Photo of Bill Cash Bill Cash Conservative, Stone 3:31 pm, 22nd May 1997

In my exchanges with the Secretary of State for Scotland yesterday, I raised what I termed the United Kingdom question. I then found it necessary to table an instruction last night, the effect of which would be to ensure that, if the House deemed it necessary, amendments would be tabled to the Bill to extend the franchise to the electorate of the United Kingdom as a whole. Following discussions this morning, I have been given to understand that you, Madam Speaker, may be prepared to give a ruling on the matter so that we can be sure that we shall be able to table amendments to extend the franchise to the electorate of the United Kingdom as a whole. May I ask for your ruling on the matter?