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Communications Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 10:50 pm on 25th March 2003.

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Photo of Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve Crossbench 10:50 pm, 25th March 2003

My Lords, I thank the Minister for giving way. There is a sense of the word "citizenship" in which it is tied to the possession of a passport and is exclusive. The more normal, the more traditional and the deeper notion of citizenship is not tied in that way. It covers the broad civic culture of this and other advanced societies. It does not exclude those who are not citizens but who are members of the community. I believe that we have reason to introduce a notion of citizenship into the Bill.