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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:32 pm on 16th April 1986.

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Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East 3:32 pm, 16th April 1986

Before we start on this important debate, I must tell the House that I have received an intimation from 46 Back Benchers that they hope to take part if they catch my eye. No fewer than 10 of them are Privy Councillors.

I propose to follow my normal practice of calling Privy Councillors alternately with Back Benchers. I hope that the House will think that that is fair.

I also propose to apply the 10-minute rule limit on speeches between 6 o'clock and 8 o'clock. I hope that those called before and after that time will bear that limit broadly in mind.