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Standing Orders (Public Business)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:25 pm on 22nd October 2015.

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Photo of Gerald Kaufman Gerald Kaufman Father of the House of Commons 1:25 pm, 22nd October 2015

If the hon. Gentleman will just give me a moment.

I am troubled that this Government have decided to do this, because, as I said to William Hague when he first came to the House of Commons to announce this, it puts a stain on the Government. I really do think that it sullies the House of Commons.

My hon. Friend Chris Bryant, as always, made an effective speech. However, I disagreed with it because his amendments accept not the principle—there is no principle involved—but the basis of what the Government are proposing. I will not vote for any of the amendments because every one of them is based on an acceptance of what the Government are putting forward. I shall vote against the main motion at the end of what I regard as a day of shame for the House of Commons.