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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:58 pm on 13th July 1989.

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Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East 4:58 pm, 13th July 1989

That is helpful.

I say to the hon. Member for Bradford, West (Mr. Madden) that it is certainly not an innovation to curtail business questions. It is probably true that I have allowed them to go on rather longer during my speakership than did some of my predecessors, for the very reasons that hon. Members will appreciate, but that cannot happen every time. I am sorry that 1 had to curtail them today.