§ 3. Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what further consideration he has given to Northern Ireland's parliamentary representation at Westminster.
§ Mr. McNair-Wilson
Will the Minister say whether Northern Ireland representation at Westminster is to be made contingent upon whatever the Convention may propose or on simple terms of democracy?
§ Mr. Flannery
Does my right hon. Friend agree that no matter what the representation of Northern Ireland is or is not at a fixed moment in this House, it is the extent to which those representatives introduce democracy, especially for the minority in Northern Ireland, which will ultimately determine the happiness of the people of Northern Ireland?
§ Mr. Orme
I agree with my hon. Friend's opening remarks. What the Government want to see is an extension of democracy in Northern Ireland itself. That is why we place so much emphasis on the Convention and that is why we want the Convention itself to be a success. We hope that, flowing from that Convention, a form of devolved government acceptable to both communities in Northern Ireland will arise.
§ Mr. Evelyn King
The right hon. Gentleman said that the Convention will be free to discuss all aspects. Did he mean that? Does he mean that the Convention will be free to discuss the repre- 656 sentation of Northern Ireland in this House?
§ Mr. Powell
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that United Ulster Unionist Members not only wish to see but demand the same democratic rights for the people of Northern Ireland as are enjoyed by those in Great Britain?