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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3 April 2001.

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Photo of Paddy Tipping Paddy Tipping Parliamentary Secretary, Privy Council Office 12:00, 3 April 2001

I am grateful for the interest that the hon. Gentleman takes in such matters. He has pursued the issue hard both in the Chamber and outside. I do not dispute the need for change.

I know nothing about timetables for general elections—3 May or any other date—but I know that a great deal of business has to come before the House. This is one issue; I hope that we shall be able to address it in the not too distant future.