§ Mr. Marlow
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of parliamentary time has been spent on EEC business since the Government took office; and if he will examine ways in which this can be reduced, in order to provide time for the Government's own legislative programme.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
The proportion of parliamentary time spent in this House on EEC business since the Government took office is about 6 per cent. In view of the importance of EEC affairs, it seems doubtful whether this can be reduced.