Mr Redwood’s intervention during Work & Pensions Questions, 1 September 2014

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Is not the question of who gets a benefit from this country, or who comes to stay in this country, a matter for this Parliament, not for the EU?

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mr Iain Duncan Smith): That is exactly the point that I have been making from the beginning. We have always said to the European Commission that this matter lay outside the treaties. It is a national Government responsibility, and it is national Governments who should take that responsibility. The Opposition did very little about organising this so that they would be able to stand against the EU Commission on that basis.

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