Armed Conflict (Parliamentary Approval)

Part of Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:14 pm on 15th May 2007.

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Photo of Michael Meacher Michael Meacher Labour, Oldham West and Royton 5:14 pm, 15th May 2007

The hon. Gentleman says that the House agreed that we would "effectively go to war". I do not believe that the motions as they were drafted at the time were perceived as being as explicit as that. I shall have to refresh my memory—perhaps that also applies to the hon. Gentleman. They gave an indication of the direction of the Government's thinking and that of the Prime Minister's intentions, but they were based on the information that was given to the House at the time. That is an important consideration.