Standing Orders (Public Business)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:21 pm on 22nd October 2015.

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Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Chair, Procedure Committee 1:21 pm, 22nd October 2015

I was trying to be generous to my hon. Friend.

We are where we are. The former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has said that he did not give enough consideration to the impact of devolution on England in 1998. What we are debating today is, in my view, the least worst option on the table. Would we start from this point in a perfect world? No, we would not.

Madam Deputy Speaker, I had a long and distinguished speech to give, and there are many things that I would like to say, but I am not going to do so on this occasion, because 50 Members wish to speak and we need to hear from as many of them as possible.