Sitting Days

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th June 1986.

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Photo of Mr John Biffen Mr John Biffen , North Shropshire 12:00 am, 9th June 1986

If my hon. Friend's contribution to shortening the number of days on which the House sits was to speak at 8·28 in the morning for one minute, I must say that that was a well-judged achievement. I must tell him that I do not think that the House would wish its arrangements to be seriously disturbed unless there was an entirely different understanding about how we process legislation. That is not something that is merely in the keep of the Government or supporters of the Government. The number of days on which the House has sat has remained broadly the same over the past decade, but my hon. Friend has raised an issue that can always be considered by the Procedure Committee.