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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:32 am on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Labour, Rotherham 11:32 am, 24th November 2011

The Leader of the House must not keep hiding behind this wretched Wright Committee recommendation abolishing debates on Europe. I know that we have had specific debates on this and that, but Mr Jenkin is absolutely right to say that we need a broad debate on Europe, particularly at this stage of our historic relationship with the EU.

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