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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 John Bercow John Bercow Conservative, Buckingham 11:37 am, 15th March 2007

May I reiterate to the Leader of the House the pleas of my right hon. Friend Mr. Duncan Smith and my hon. Friend Mr. Gale? As one of the Members of the House who has consistently argued that the Government's sexual orientation regulations will be a liberating force for millions of gay, lesbian and bisexual people in this country, I implore the Leader of the House, even at this late stage, to arrange for a debate on the Floor of the House on the matter next week, both because it is right that alternative points of view should be aired, and because those of us who believe in the regulations know in our heart of hearts that we will be strengthened as a result of hearing and rebutting the arguments against them.