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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:37 am on 15th March 2007.

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Photo of Roger Gale Roger Gale Conservative, North Thanet 11:37 am, 15th March 2007

May I take the Leader of the House back to his earlier answer to my right hon. Friend Mr. Duncan Smith? This morning, in Committee Room 11, at least 10 Back Benchers were denied the opportunity to speak on the sexual orientation regulations. That highly contentious piece of legislation is wholly unsuited to the form of a statutory instrument. Next week, we will deal with a statutory instrument on casinos, of all things, on the Floor of the House, yet those sexual orientation regulations will be buried. Will the Leader of the House give us a clear undertaking that they will not be put through on a vote late at night, or on a deferred Division until, at the very least, the Easter Adjournment debate, so that the House can debate them on the Adjournment?

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Neil Richardson
Posted on 21 Mar 2007 9:21 am (Report this annotation)

Casinos are about parting fools from their cash; the SORs are about forcing people to part with their consciences for the sake of the 'new morality' which must be imposed on all of us. Of course New Labour would prefer to give more time to the former.