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Pre-Adjournment Debate

Part of Petitions – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 20th January 2011.

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Photo of David Heath David Heath The Deputy Leader of the House of Commons 10:30 am, 20th January 2011

I think it is terrific that the Backbench Business Committee is prepared to consider new ways of doing things in order to establish whether we can improve the procedures of the House, and I can only congratulate it on doing so. I am particularly grateful to the hon. Lady for ensuring that I had sufficient time in which to address, at least briefly, the points raised in the debate.

I know-my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House will announce it later-that the hon. Lady's Committee has decided that there is scope for a debate on parliamentary reform, and I think that that too is extremely useful. We will work closely with the Committee in trying to do things better in future, and I hope that the hon. Lady will continue her good work.