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Orders of the Day — Iran (Temporary Powers) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:35 pm on 12th May 1980.

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Photo of Mr Jock Bruce-Gardyne Mr Jock Bruce-Gardyne , Knutsford 6:35 pm, 12th May 1980

Before my hon. Friend reaches the general argument, there is an important point on the detail. For those of us who basically regard the proposition as nonsense, the argument must be that the Bill is only permissive and that the Government will have to place orders before the House before any action can be taken under its provisions. However, will not the orders come into effect before the House has a chance to debate them? Therefore, will not the decision that we are taking tonight determine what in practice will happen before the House could debate it?