Protection of Freedoms Bill (Programme) (No. 3)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 6:33 pm on 10th October 2011.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough 6:33 pm, 10th October 2011

I appreciate that my hon. Friend is a coalition Minister and not a Conservative one; before we got into power, the Conservative party was against having programme motions.

Given that we have lost three hours or so to statements, would not a fair balance have been to have allowed us to go for three hours extra tonight? We have been away from this place for a long time; surely an extra three hours this evening would have been fair. That is what democracy is about—we are not trying to force things through. Let us have three hours extra tonight.