Select Committee on Defence First Special Report

Letter from the Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP (20 April 2000)

  Thank you for your letter of 19 April. I was asked about this at Business Questions today.

  I have announced today that the debate on Defence in the World will be on 4 May. I know that you will feel disappointed by this, but I hope that you will appreciate there are many competing priorities for time on the floor of the House and I have a responsibility to both the Government and the House to use its time as fully and effectively as possible. I am afraid that it is unfortunate that a combination of factors including Ministerial availability and subjects for debates suitable for such a day limited options open to me.

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