Hunting Bill (Procedure) (No. 3)

– in the House of Commons at 12:40 pm on 18th November 2004.

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Photo of Alun Michael Alun Michael Minister of State (Rural Affairs), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 12:40 pm, 18th November 2004

I beg to move the Hunting Bill (Procedure) (No. 3) motion, standing in my name and that of the Leader of the House. It might assist the House if I read out the terms of the motion, so that they are clear to all Members. The—

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff Opposition Whip (Commons)

On a completely different point of order, Mr. Speaker. It would be helpful if we knew for how long this debate can continue.

Photo of Alun Michael Alun Michael Minister of State (Rural Affairs), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Mr. Luff, through his point of order, makes it clear why it will assist the House if I read out—

Photo of Lembit Öpik Lembit Öpik Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Affairs, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Welsh Affairs

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. On the basis of what you have just said, I am surely correct in assuming that it would not be appropriate for the Minister to participate in such a debate, given that the Question has to be put immediately.

Photo of Alun Michael Alun Michael Minister of State (Rural Affairs), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I am grateful to you, Mr. Speaker. The motion states:

That the Orders of 15th September and 16th November shall be supplemented as follows:

1. At this day's sitting proceedings on consideration of any Lords message relating to the Hunting Bill shall be brought to a conclusion (unless already concluded) one hour after commencement.

2. For the purpose of bringing proceedings to a conclusion in accordance with paragraph 1 the Speaker shall put the following questions forthwith (and no others)-

(1) any question which has been proposed from the Chair and has not yet been decided, and

(2) the question on any motion moved by a Minister of the Crown.

3.

Paragraphs 3 to 5 of the Order of 16th November shall apply.

Photo of Patrick McLoughlin Patrick McLoughlin Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. This Division seems to have gone on for 17 minutes. I think that there is an argument in the Government Lobby. Can it be investigated?

The House having divided: Ayes 271, Noes 136.

Division number 337 Hunting Bill (Procedure) (No. 3)

Aye: 271 MPs

No: 136 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

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Nos: A-Z by last name

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Question accordingly agreed to.

Photo of Michael Martin Michael Martin Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Speaker of the House of Commons, Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

The Clerk has informed me that a number of manuscript amendments have been tabled and, of course, I have promised hon. Members that I will give them consideration. In view of the number of manuscript amendments, I am going to suspend the House until 1.40 pm.

Sitting suspended.