The question of entry to the European Community - the great political and economic debate of the 70s will be hammered out in all the crucial areas:
Britain's independence and influence
The motion: That Britain should now join the Common Market
Leading the case in favour:
Rt Hon Christopher Chataway, MP Minister of Posts and Telecommunications
with Rt Hon Harold Lever, MP former Labour Treasury Minister
David Steel, MP, Liberal Chief Whip
Leading the case against:
Rt Hon Barbara Castle, MP former Labour Secretary of State for Employment with Edward Taylor, MP former Conservative Under-Secretary, Scottish Office
Rt Hon Peter Shore, MP former Labour Minister
Both sides will call witnesses to support, and cross-examine each other's witnesses. Available to them will be questions sent in by the public. In studios around the country a selected audience of over 1,000 people chosen as a sample of the British Public. Before the programme their views on various aspects of British entry have been polled, and will be outlined as each area is argued.
After all the arguments the sample audience will vote to show whether they now support or oppose entry. A computer will process the answers and the result of the Great Debate will be announced.
In the chair Robin Day