DEMOCRACY – PR – 1 December 1998

Dr Julian Lewis: Will the Minister confirm that there is no prospect of this country trading its successful first-past-the-post electoral system for the disastrous proportional representation system, which has done so much to undermine parliamentary democracy in New Zealand?

[Mr Fatchett: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on a very wise question. From my own perspective, I would say that we had a great deal to learn from New Zealand on that issue.]