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Procedure of the House

Part of Business of the House (24, 25 and 26 March) (No. 2) – in the House of Commons at 1:14 pm on 26th March 2015.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons) 1:14 pm, 26th March 2015

I am surprised that we are having this debate at this time, and I think that it does us no good.

The Chair of the Procedure Committee, Mr Walker, spoke with great eloquence about the fact that the Committee had not been treated seriously in relation to this matter. The Leader of the House himself said that the motion could have been presented to the House in 2011, four years ago. In 2013, an exchange of information between the Procedure Committee and the then Leader of the House established that if it were to be presented, it should be presented on a Monday, a Tuesday or a Wednesday. In 2015, the Leader of the House approached us and we had a convivial discussion about what should happen. We went away from that meeting with the understanding that the Leader of the House was working with the Chair of the Procedure Committee to ensure that no such motion would be moved other than at an appropriate time. I would say, Mr Speaker, that the last gasp of this Parliament is not an appropriate time to make a decision of this sort, and I hope that Members of Parliament recognise that.