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Education About Electoral and Democratic Systems

Part of Orders of the Day — Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill – in the House of Commons at 10:45 pm on 14th February 2000.

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Photo of Douglas Hogg Douglas Hogg Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham 10:45 pm, 14th February 2000

The key difference between the views of the Opposition and the clause as formulated is this: we have no objection to the commission being able to explain existing institutions, but we object to giving to the commission the power to institute debate about alternative systems.

It would be churlish of me not to acknowledge that the Minister has said that he will review the matter. If he is prepared to meet the precise point articulated by the Opposition, I fancy that we will be content. If not, I fancy that his decision will be reversed in another place.