Business of the House (26 February)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:20 pm on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch 10:20 pm, 25th February 2013

I am going to practise my snake-charming, Mr Speaker. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the doctrine of reasonable expectations is now being regularly undermined by the Government, because when the House voted to change the sitting hours the expectation was that it would rise on a Tuesday, subject to the Adjournment, at 7 o’clock? Now it almost invariably sits much later than that. It is almost as though the Government were changing the policy.