Power to Enter into Concordat

Part of Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill – in the House of Commons at 9:30 pm on 25th March 1998.

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Photo of Mr Denzil Davies Mr Denzil Davies Labour, Llanelli 9:30 pm, 25th March 1998

My hon. Friend, who is an expert in that languageßžas we heard earlier todayßžsays that I am right. It is the kind of word that one hears in the Council of Ministers. To be accused of being a demandeur is a bad thing, and one does not get what one demands. The problem is that the National Assembly for Wales will be a demandeur, outside the magic circle but wanting to come in, perhaps wanting to be the chairman of the euro X committee. It will be told by those dreadful French that it cannot, because it not part of the whole magical set-up.

Right through the paper runs the demand, "Please, we want the same good working relationships." We are told that the concordat does notßžthe word "not" appears in strong typefaceßžcreate legal obligations. I suppose it does not, but I do not know.