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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:53 pm on 5th April 2005.

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Photo of Mr Paul Tyler Mr Paul Tyler Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 12:53 pm, 5th April 2005

Will the Leader of the House confirm that however constructive our discussions over the next few days—I am sure that my colleagues in both Houses will be constructive—the Government do not have to dissolve the House for another 15 months, five years after the date of the last general election? In those circumstances do the Government really believe that this is the right way to conduct the business of the House? If there is so much vital business still to be scrutinised by Parliament, why does it have to be dissolved so early? Does the Leader of the House recall that the Prime Minister himself said, in an earlier manifesto:

"We will introduce as a general rule a fixed parliamentary term"?

Does he appreciate that although I might, as a result, have to delay my retirement, there is still a good case for a longer Parliament?