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Personal Statement

Volume 19: debated on Monday 1 March 1982

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3.30 pm

I wish to make a personal statement about an incident that occurred during a series of interventions by the right hon. Member for Rhondda (Mr. Jones) in the course of the winding-up speech by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Wales at the end of the debate on Welsh affairs last Thursday.

I should like to apologise to the right hon. Member for Rhondda for suggesting that he might have been drinking, a suggestion which was unjustified and which, of course, I withdraw.

I should also like to apologise to you, Mr. Speaker, for making your task more difficult by a remark from a sedentary position that was out of order.

I hope that St. David's Day is an appropriate moment to make amends.