DEMOCRACY – WELSH REFERENDUM – 8 December 1997

Dr Julian Lewis: Does the right hon. Gentleman not understand that there is great concern that when dealing with an issue of such fundamental constitutional importance as the Bill that is before us, any mandate from the people should be large and healthy? The fact that the referendum did not get a large and healthy mandate concerned the Prime Minister when he said the day after the referendum that the Government would address the concerns that had been shown by the smallness of the mandate. However, the Bill does not address those concerns. Will the right hon. Gentleman comment on that?