Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:22 pm on 2nd April 1980.

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Photo of Mr Mark Carlisle Mr Mark Carlisle , Runcorn 9:22 pm, 2nd April 1980

The hon. Member is totally wrong and totally misguided. By putting the motion in this way, we allow four hours from the moment that the debate on the timetable motion begins. Since the timetable motion itself is limited to one hour, that means that the House can have anything from three to four hours, depending on how long it chooses to spend on the timetable motion. Had I put the motion down the other way and merely allowed the timetable motion plus three hours, the hon. Member would not have had the advantage of possibly having longer on the debate on the amendments.