Speeches, etc.

Margaret Thatcher

HC S [Her Majesty’s Government (Opposition Motion) (announcement of dissolution)]

Document type: Speeches, interviews, etc.
Venue: House of Commons
Source: Hansard HC [965/589-90]
Editorial comments: c2215-17.
Importance ranking: Key
Word count: 151
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That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty's Government.

The Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, now that the House of Commons has declared itself, we shall take our case to the country. Tomorrow I shall propose to Her Majesty that Parliament be dissolved as soon as essential business can be cleared up, and I shall then announce as soon as may be—and that will be as soon as possible—the date of Dissolution, the date of the election and the date of meeting of the new Parliament.

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Mrs. Thatcher

As the Government no longer have authority to carry on business without the agreement of the Opposition, I make it quite clear that we shall facilitate any business which requires the agreement of the Opposition so that the Dissolution can take place at the very earliest opportunity and the uncertainty ended.