Engagements

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Gordon Brown Gordon Brown The Prime Minister, Leader of the Labour Party 11:30 am, 30th April 2008

I understand that the Leader of the Opposition has said:

"We would let the House of Commons have a free vote...and...if there was a vote to get rid of the ban...there would be a government bill in government time."

I believe that there is a settled view among the public on the matter and that it would be better if all parties in the House recognised the previous vote of the House of Commons on the issue.

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David Clark
Posted on 1 May 2008 11:57 am (Report this annotation)

Is the PM suggesting that once the Commons have voted for something it should never be voted on again. Surely this is barking. Many would dispute that there is a settled view amongst the public over the previous vote.

Peter Stroud
Posted on 1 May 2008 4:12 pm (Report this annotation)

There is a far from settled view on hunting amongst, the public and the incredibly poorly drafted bill has done absolutely nothing for animal welfare, and has alienated many in the rural communities of England and Wales. Furthermore, Scots MPs voted on the subject though it did not affect Scotland, which is a disgrace.

Peter Stroud
Posted on 1 May 2008 4:18 pm (Report this annotation)

There is a far from settled view on hunting amongst, the public and the incredibly poorly drafted bill has done absolutely nothing for animal welfare, and has alienated many in the rural communities of England and Wales. Furthermore, Scots MPs voted on the subject though it did not affect Scotland, which is a disgrace.