European Communities (Amendment) Bill (Programme) (No. 2)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:43 pm on 11th July 2001.

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Photo of Menzies Campbell Menzies Campbell Shadow Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs) 3:43 pm, 11th July 2001

It would have frustrated the people of Scotland if the Bill had been considered in the way in which the Opposition are urging upon us this afternoon. Their position would be legitimate if many Conservative Members who are present had not been party to guillotine motions in the 18 years that they were in government. Some of us remember legislation that was pushed through on a three-line Whip. Guillotines were used to ensure its passage because the Conservative Government believed that it was in the national interest and perhaps in their political interest to do that.

Protestations in support of endless delay whereby intellectual scrutiny can somehow be achieved carry little conviction from those who have in the past used every device available to a Government to ensure that their legislation reached the statute book.