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European Communitymembership (Referendum)

Volume 889: debated on Tuesday 8 April 1975

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Q12.

asked the Prime Minister when he now expects to allow his Cabinet Ministers to give their individual views on the matter of the referendum on the EEC.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Kingswood (Mr. Walker) on 7th April.

Q13.

asked the Prime Minister whether he intends to make a ministerial broadcast recommending that the United Kingdom remains a member of the European Community.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles (Mr. Steel) on 20th March.

Q15.

asked the Prime Minister what steps he intends to take to ensure that his recommendations for the forthcoming referendum are made known to the public.

My statement in the House on 18th March was widely reported, and has since been published as a White Paper (Cmnd. 5999), together with a separate White Paper (Cmnd. 6003) setting out the Government's recommendation and the result of renegotiation in great detail. A shortened version of this White Paper will be sent to every household before the referendum. I shall be making a number of speeches in the country in the coming weeks, as, no doubt, will other Ministers, in which I shall be commending support for the Government's decision as I commended it to the House yesterday. A Government Referendum Information Unit has now been set up to provide factual information about the Community and about the renegotiated terms of continuing British membership of it.