south east regional grand committee

Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 4:04 pm on 25th June 2009.

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Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No.117A(3)) ,

That the South East Regional Grand Committee shall meet in Reading on Monday 14 September between 10.30 am and 1.00 pm to take questions under Standing Order No. 117B (Regional Grand Committees (questions for oral answer)) and to hold a general debate on identifying the growth sectors of the South East Economy and ensuring that their growth is maximised.— (Kerry McCarthy.)

The House divided: Ayes 112, Noes 105.

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Division number 160 Business of the House — south east regional grand committee

Aye: 112 MPs

No: 105 MPs

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Question accordingly agreed to.

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Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The purpose of these motions is to provide for a uniform situation across England in which Regional Grand Committees are allowed to meet at certain appointed times. Following the Government's recent defeat, it appears that that policy is in complete disarray, and we now have inequity across England. Is it in your power to ask the Leader of the House to make a statement—hopefully, one in which she announces that she intends to withdraw all the motions and go back to the drawing board?

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Photo of Alan Haselhurst Alan Haselhurst Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Ways and Means

I have to tell the hon. Gentleman that no such power is vested in the Chair. We must proceed with the business on the Order Paper. If the next motion is moved, the House will come to a decision.

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