European Communities (Amendment) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:30 pm on 20th November 2001.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour 6:30 pm, 20th November 2001

But game, set and match to whom—Caroline Jackson or Parliament at Westminster? The fact of the matter is that she is, presumably, a responsible person. She represents the South West. I know her reasonably well. She is a nice woman whom I like very much. I got on very well with her when I represented Swindon. She is presumably a responsible person—and that was the statement that she made. She may not have meant it. She may not have meant it in the way she said it. I do not understand why people would do that; nevertheless, although she may not have meant it, that was what she said. That is why people are worried, and it is legitimate to raise these concerns when we can in this Chamber since we are likely to be involved in future.