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– in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 10th June 1986.

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Photo of Mr Peter Shore Mr Peter Shore , Bethnal Green and Stepney 3:31 pm, 10th June 1986

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. At the end of our exchanges at 3.30 pm yesterday on last Friday's lost business, the Lord Privy Seal offered discussions through the usual channels. Can he inform the House today of the progress made in those discussions with a view to restoring last Friday's lost Back-Bench Members' time? Meanwhile, and until those important matters are resolved, will the right hon. Gentleman agree not to move the motions relating to the Finance Bill on the Order Paper today?

Photo of Mr John Biffen Mr John Biffen , North Shropshire

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. Discussions on this matter took place at a late hour last night and are continuing to take place through the usual channels. It will be the Government's intention not to move the motions relating to the Finance Bill at the end of business tonight but to take them tomorrow night. I am hopeful that, if the Leader of the Opposition asked at business questions on Thursday, it may be possible for me to give a positive response to the matter which the right hon. Member for Bethnal Green and Stepney (Mr. Shore) has just raised.