§ The Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. John Biffen)
A number of right hon. and hon. Members have made known to me their interest in the establishment of such a body.
§ Mr. Dubs
Is the Leader of the House aware that many people are puzzled at the lack of progress on setting up this Anglo-Irish parliamentary tier, given that it was part of the recent agreement between London and Dublin. I put it bluntly to the Leader of the House—when will the House have an opportunity of debating this?
§ Mr. Biffen
There is no immediate prospect of any such debate, as I told the hon. Gentleman when he last raised this matter. It is being proceeded with through the usual channels and that is how it stands.
§ Mr. Latham
Is my right hon. Friend aware that those of us who support this agreement and regret the absence
|Staff in post at 1 October each year (including part-time empolyees)|
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|∗ Prior to 1980 the Refreshment Department was not a Department of the House and records of the numbers of staff employed in this period are incomplete.|
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§ of most of the Unionist Members from this Chamber, nevertheless hope that he will show his customary wisdom and proceed with this matter extremely deliberately?
§ Mr. Freeson
Why has this matter taken so long, whether or not through the usual channels? It is not months, but several years, that Members of this House, including myself, have been asking the right hon. Gentleman and others for action in this direction. If it is now an agreed policy, why is something not being done about it shortly?
§ Mr. Biffen
As the right hon. Gentleman will have heard, the matter is being considered through the usual channels.