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Today’s Business of the House

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills – in the House of Commons at 11:41 am on 26th March 2015.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden 11:41 am, 26th March 2015

I started with the presumption that I would vote in favour of a secret ballot for the Speaker. However, this is a constitutional matter of some importance that also goes to the heart of the relationship between the Executive and this Parliament, and as such, it should have been heard on a prime-time day, with the whole House here, with plenty of time. Instead, if the House votes for this today, people will get the impression that what should have been a constitutional matter has been allowed to become an ad hominem matter, and a rather mean-spirited one at that, and that in future this House will tolerate the Executive taking action against an uncomfortable and difficult Speaker.