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.