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Regional Aid

Volume 889: debated on Monday 7 April 1975

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On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. On Wednesday 26th March in business questions my right hon. Friend the Lord President said in answer to me in column 483 that he expected to take today a take-note motion on Commission Documents together with the approval of the White Paper which is about to be moved. There has been a lot of confusion and difficulty over late-night EEC motions. I understand that the Commission Documents are concerned with regional policy, although that is not made clear on the Order Paper. They are matters which I think the House would wish to debate separately and properly. I understand that the Scrutiny Committee has seen the documents but its report is not yet printed. In making this objection I hope that the Government will not move the Commission Documents motion this afternoon.

The two motions cannot be taken together if an hon. Member objects. The subject matter of the document mentioned in the second motion is, of course, relevant to the general debate of the day and reference to it can be made.