Short Speeches

– in the House of Commons at 6:25 pm on 1st November 2006.

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Motion made, and Question put,

That, with effect from the beginning of the next Session of Parliament, the following amendment to Standing Order No. 47 (Short speeches) be made:

Line 20, at end add

'(3) The Speaker may call Members between certain hours to speak for a specified maximum time (not being less than three minutes) and during this time the reference to eight minutes in paragraph (1) and the provisions of paragraph (2) shall not apply.'— [Mr. Straw.]

The House divided: Ayes 365, Noes 62.

Division number 337

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Question accordingly agreed to.