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European Community (Data Processing)

Volume 932: debated on Tuesday 24 May 1977

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We now come to the motion on data processing.

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Is it proper to ask the Chair to consider through the usual channels Standing Order No. 73? This is a subject which has been widely debated inside the European Assembly. Incidentally, some of us think that it is a preposterous proposal involving the breaking up of IBM in this country which employs many British people. However, I must not go into the merits or demerits of the case. I simply wish to point out that it is unsatisfactory that many of my colleagues, who have done a lot of work on this subject, should not be able to have a voice because the matter has been debated upstairs. I do not want to detain the House any longer, but could Standing Order No. 73A(5) perhaps be looked at?

That is not a matter that lies with the Chair. The Chair is bound by Standing Order No. 73A(5) as it exists.

Motion made, and Question put forthwith pursuant to Standing Order No. 73A ( Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c).

That this House takes note of Commission Document No. R/2697/76 on Data Processing.—[ Mr. Coleman.]

Question agreed to.