Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:44 pm on 18th November 2004.

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Photo of David Winnick David Winnick Labour, Walsall North 1:44 pm, 18th November 2004

Is my right hon. Friend aware that those of us who want a total ban were willing, and continue to be willing, to go along with the earlier postponement to 31 July 2006, but no later than that? Is there not a danger that what he now proposes will give the impression that we are terrified of the threats of violence and thuggery from those who intend to break the law? Given that the House of Commons has agreed to a total ban six times in the past four years, what we propose—unlike what my right hon. Friend now proposes—is surely compromise enough, and responsibility for any further delay lies entirely with the House of Lords.