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They were not. They were not introduced. They were not introduced because of the philosophical differences. They were not introduced, at the end of the day, because there was concern among the lawyers within government as to the drafting of those particular clauses, and they were not introduced ultimately -- the ultimate reason nothing was done was that we simply could not have been certain of getting it through the House of Commons. There was sufficient opposition within Cabinet to be certain there would be a larger degree of opposition within the Parliamentary party, and since there was no credible way I could have relied on opposition parties to pass legislation like that, I simply did not have a majority to do it, so it couldn't be done.

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