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Part of Schedule – in the House of Commons at 5:45 pm on 24th November 1997.

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Photo of Mr Norman Fowler Mr Norman Fowler Shadow Secretary of State 5:45 pm, 24th November 1997

As I said on Second Reading, my hon. Friend makes a strong point. If it is to be one question and if it is to be utterly and absolutely clear, it must say, "a directly elected mayor and a directly elected assembly." There is no doubt about that.

The Minister will deceive the House if he suggests that there is some form of words that can be invented, agreed and proposed that will satisfy him. He knows as well as I do that he just wants one question. That is why it has been devised and why this schedule is so deeply unsatisfactory. We will vote against it.