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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:34 am on 16th February 2006.

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Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Lord Privy Seal 11:34 am, 16th February 2006

I know that the hon. Gentleman is on temporary, sabbatical leave from the university of Cambridge. We are delighted to have him here for a relatively short time while he represents the people of Cambridge. I hope that he did not stimulate that letter in The Times from his former colleagues in the law faculty at Cambridge university. I know that he is a distinguished lawyer and anxious to get back to academic life as soon as possible, but before he does so he will of course have the opportunity to debate the Bill in Committee in detail, and we look forward to his observations.

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Francis Irving
Posted on 17 Feb 2006 1:41 pm (Report this annotation)

I find Geoff Hoon's speech offensive.

He doesn't answer the substantive point which David Howarth raises - that the proposed Abolition of Parliament Bill (the so called "Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill") is of sufficient constitutional importance that it should be debated on the floor of the house.

Instead, he starts irrelevantly discussing the potential results in Cambridge at the next General Election (3 or 4 years away). He goes on to imply that law academics shouldn't comment on a law with significant constitutional impact.

Robbie G
Posted on 17 Feb 2006 4:38 pm (Report this annotation)

"I find Geoff Hoon's speech offensive."

I find Geoff Hoon offensive :-)

Neale Upstone
Posted on 17 Feb 2006 7:16 pm (Report this annotation)

I agree with Francis, but would put it more strongly.

David Howarth asks a serious point about democracy in this country, and Geoff Hoon uses it to take pot shots.

Frankly, that doesn't surprise me, when what has gone on the last few hears in the Labour government has eroded so much of the freedom they're preaching to the rest of the world about.

Somebody please start asking the awkward questions of Mr Brown too... like asking what he's done to make our economy sustainable, rather than driving us into a dead end of rising energy prices and unsustainable living.

Murk
Posted on 25 Feb 2006 2:11 pm (Report this annotation)

A thoroughly disgraceful response