European Communities (Amendment) Bill (Programme) (No. 2)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:43 pm on 11th July 2001.

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Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne Shadow Spokesperson (Defence) 3:43 pm, 11th July 2001

Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman acknowledge that, however succinctly a point is made, elements of the Bill that we have not previously considered will come before us. Their consideration will take time, and anything that is introduced later will inevitably be denied that time. We experienced that difficulty time and again when a programme motion was agreed for the Scotland Bill. Many clauses were not discussed, to the great frustration of Labour Members, simply because provisions that were not expected to take much time did so.