LILLEY PROTESTS AT LACK OF DEBATE ON EU TREATY

- Friday, 1st February 2008

 

Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, has accused the Government of going back on a promise to allow a detailed, line-by-line examination of the legislation to ratify the Lisbon Treaty – and blocking any discussion of its effect on immigration, asylum and border security.

During Business Questions in the Commons, he demanded to know why an undertaking made by the Prime Minister to allow close scrutiny of the treaty was not being honoured.

“Will the Leader of the House confirm that under the present timetable, no Committer consideration will be given to items in the treaty relating to immigration, asylum and border controls? Not a single amendment and not a single line of the treaty relating to those matters will be considered in Committee by this House.

Harriet Harman said MPs had debated how to deal with the legislation and that was the procedure that was being followed. The guillotine motion to curtail debate was driven through the House by a vote on a three line whip.

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Note to editors: Extract from Hansard attached:

Mr. Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden) (Con): In compensation for the breach of his solemn promise to grant the British people a referendum on the treaty incorporating the substance of the European constitution, the Prime Minister made a further promise that this House would be able in Committee to consider that treaty line by line. Will the Leader of the House confirm that under the present timetable, no Committee consideration will be given to items in the treaty relating to immigration, asylum and border controls? Not a single amendment and not a single line of the treaty relating to those matters will be considered in Committee by this House. Is it her intention thereby to breach that promise by the Prime Minister as well? The one-

Mr. Speaker: Order. Supplementaries should be brief. We are getting into speeches; we have had a few this morning. Some of them were very nice, but they should not be speeches.

Ms Harman: Perhaps I could remind the House that we had six hours of debate-

Mr. Lilley: Not in Committee.

Ms Harman: If I could just finish, we had six hours of debate on how the House would handle the Bill-six hours of debate in which all Members had an opportunity


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to raise questions on the procedure for dealing with the Bill, followed by a vote. It has been decided how the Bill should be scrutinised by the House, and we are following through on that procedure.

 

 

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