European Union (Amendment) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:15 pm on 19th May 2008.

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Photo of Lord Tomlinson Lord Tomlinson Labour 7:15 pm, 19th May 2008

As I said last week, I am not in the habit of giving way in these debates. The noble Lord, Lord Pearson, has turned this far too often into an inquisition of the other Members of the Committee. I am making a brief speech and I will not interrupt him either.

As I was saying, my right honourable friend the Prime Minister has made it very clear that questions of direct taxation are issues on which the British Government will not give their assent. I look to the Minister to confirm that—that the harmonisation and acquisition in it would not be forthcoming from the British Government.