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John Bercow (Buckingham, Conservative)

May we please have a statement next week on the proposed allocation of time for the consideration on Wednesday 9 January of the remaining stages of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, given that one very important matter that we will have to consider that day is the Government's welcome creation of a new offence of homophobic hate crime, to which—sadly—some misguided souls are strongly opposed? Does the Leader of the House accept that it is in the Government's and the public's interest to err on the side of generosity and allow adequate time so that the objections can be fully aired and effectively rebutted?

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