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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:40 pm on 27th February 1986.

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Photo of Mr Andrew Bennett Mr Andrew Bennett , Denton and Reddish 4:40 pm, 27th February 1986

More often than not, Ministers get an inkling that there might be a revolt on their own side, and the temptation to encourage ultra-loyal Members on their own side to take up time on less controversial bids can well ensure that the key bids, where there might be cross-over voting, are never reached and that debate does not take place.