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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:31 pm on 15th November 2005.

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Photo of Tony Wright Tony Wright Labour, Cannock Chase 9:31 pm, 15th November 2005

One reason why we do not have such a Bill—I have heard this not just from Ministers but from senior civil servants, both serving and retired—is that people are terrified that Members will revert to type and simply play political games with its content. The last Conservative Government asked for an assurance that a measure could be introduced on a bipartisan basis. If the present Government could be confident that that was the case, more progress could be made.