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Backbench Business — Badger Cull

Part of Royal Assent – in the House of Commons at 3:12 pm on 13th March 2014.

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Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) 3:12 pm, 13th March 2014

Many Members prayed in aid the fact that the report was delivered to the Secretary of State only today, and suggested that the debate was therefore premature. Does my hon. Friend agree that debates in the House can often focus the attention of those outside the House? Perhaps it is no coincidence that the report was produced on the same day that we are holding this debate. That is testimony to the work of the Backbench Business Committee in arranging the debate for today.