European Communities (Amendment) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:48 pm on 20th November 2001.

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Photo of Lord Monson Lord Monson Crossbench 5:48 pm, 20th November 2001

The £5 billion may consist mainly of fraud or as the noble Lord, Lord Tomlinson, suggested, of irregularities; whichever is the case, is it not sinister that there seems to be so little concern about it on the Continent and within European institutions? It appears that if one draws attention to it one is considered almost a "bad" European. If the amendment does anything to reduce that vast sum, it will be well worth supporting.