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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:31 am on 31st January 2013.

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Photo of David Burrowes David Burrowes Conservative, Enfield, Southgate 10:31 am, 31st January 2013

May we have a debate on the programme motion on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, given that there will not be a debate on that subject on Tuesday? That would allow the Government, and indeed the Opposition, to explain why they appear to be running scared of the Committee of the whole House deliberating on the issue, and why they are breaking with established convention from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Acts of 1990 and 2008 in not enabling Members of Parliament fully to express their consciences at Committee stage.