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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:19 pm on 27th February 1986.

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Photo of Mr John Biffen Mr John Biffen , North Shropshire 4:19 pm, 27th February 1986

I beg to move, Line 24, after 'debate)', insert, Standing Order (Powers of chair to propose question)';Line 27, after 'closure', insert 'or for the proposal of the question'.

No. 8, That Standing Order No. 31 (Closure of debate) be amended, as follows:Line 18, leave out paragraph (3).

No. 9, That Standing Order No. 58 (Third reading) be amended, as follows:Line 4, leave out paragraph (2).

No. 10, That—(1) For the remainder of the present Session Mr. Speaker may announce at the commencement of public business that, because of the number of Members wishing to speak in a debate on one of the matters specified in paragraph (2) of this Order, he will call Members either between six o'clock and ten minutes before eight o'clock or between seven o'clock and ten minutes before nine o'clock on Monday to Thursday sittings, and between half-past eleven o'clock and one o'clock on Friday sittings, to speak for not more than ten minutes; and whenever Mr. Speaker has made such an announcement he may, between those hours, direct any Member who has spoken for ten minutes in such a debate to resume his seat forthwith.