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House of Lords: EU Scrutiny (EUC Report)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:37 am on 27th October 2006.

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Photo of Baroness Williams of Crosby Baroness Williams of Crosby Liberal Democrat 11:37 am, 27th October 2006

My Lords, I have always accepted that. I believe that, when teaching domestic politics, it is crucial that the representatives of different parties, not just a single voice, should be heard. In no sense am I arguing for a single voice; I am arguing for something different. I am arguing for informed debate instead of ignorant debate. Much of the debate in our country is, sadly, ignorant at present.

I have already taken enough of the House's time. I conclude by saying that we could be far more proactive. One result of the so-called period of reflection should be that this House insists that our own Parliament and the European institutions recognise the crucial need to link up again with citizens, especially young ones. In that respect, the European Scrutiny Committee has already played a considerable part, and could play an even greater one.