European Communities (Amendment) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:45 pm on 20th November 2001.

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Photo of Lord Radice Lord Radice Labour 6:45 pm, 20th November 2001

I thank the noble Lord for giving way; I do not yet know the conventions of the House. I accept all that he said about the real concerns of the entrant countries. However, if the weightings for the countries had gone wrong, the noble Lord would have heard a lot about the Treaty of Nice. The Polish Government were very concerned that the weighting of their vote should be of the same order, for example, as Spain, which has a similar population. There was a moment when it seemed that that might be so. We would have heard a lot about the Treaty of Nice if it had gone wrong.