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New Clause 19 — Power to remove or reduce burdens

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 5:30 pm on 15th May 2006.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Conservative, Buckingham 5:30 pm, 15th May 2006

I am grateful to my right hon. and learned Friend for giving way, and my hon. Friend Mr. Shepherd is absolutely right. I hope that my right hon. and learned Friend will accept that the Government are not justified in seeking to argue for new clause 19, at least in part, on the basis of what he describes as the pressures of the parliamentary timetable, as though they were some independent variable with which Ministers have to reckon. Does he accept that the pressures of the parliamentary timetable are substantially the result of the insatiable legislative appetite of the Government of the day?