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On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I have no doubt that you and your fellow occupiers of the Chair will have kept a careful note during the two days of discussion on the Bill, so can you tell me what proportion of the Bill has been debated and what proportion—[Interruption.]
I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time.
I thank Members on both sides of the House who have contributed thoughtfully and calmly to proceedings on a difficult measure. It is difficult because we are bringing in the Bill in the light of what happened on
I want to make two points. First, we are engaging in the measure precisely because the bombings of the Tanzanian and Kenyan embassies and subsequently the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon were planned years in advance. The thwarted attacks in Jordan and on the US embassy in Paris this year were planned months, if not years, in advance. Whatever is currently taking place around us—the network, the funding, the organisation—those who are prepared to provide suicide bombers to attack others will have had their preparation in place for a very long time.
Whatever success we can gain in Afghanistan—in freeing the people, in pushing the Taliban, the al-Qaeda group and bin Laden back into the mountains—we are still at risk. Those who dismiss that risk, who pretend that because
I shall be brief—
It being midnight, Madam Deputy Speaker, pursuant to Orders [19 and
Question accordingly agreed to.
Bill read the Third time, and passed.
Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to
That this House agrees with the Report [15th November] of the Liaison Committee.—[Mr. Fitzpatrick.]
Question agreed to.
BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
That, in respect of the Human Reproductive Cloning Bill [Lords], notices of amendments, new clauses and new schedules to be moved in Committee may be accepted by the Clerks at the Table before the Bill has been read a Second time.—[Mr. Fitzpatrick.]