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Part of Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill – in the House of Lords at 6:45 pm on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Aberavon Lord Morris of Aberavon Labour 6:45 pm, 9th February 2011

Will the Minister put on one side this dogmatic reliance upon simple arithmetic? Why, over decades, have our predecessors agreed that the magic figure of representation to meet the needs of Wales was 35? Is it not a recognition of the need of a small nation to have a voice? If a small nation is incorporated into a larger nation in a union, is there not a case for the voice of the smaller nation to be adequately represented, hence our predecessors' magic figure of 35?