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Standing Orders (Public Business)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:58 pm on 22nd October 2015.

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Photo of Iain Stewart Iain Stewart Conservative, Milton Keynes South 1:58 pm, 22nd October 2015

I will begin with a confession. Dr Whitford intervened on the Leader of the House to comment that her breakfast had been interrupted by a spokesperson on “Good Morning Scotland”. I confess that that was me, and I apologise for spoiling her porridge.

Let me return to an important point that the hon. Lady raised. Her criticism was that I had said that Scottish Members should not have been speaking and voting in the debate on assisted suicide. I was replying to a point put to me that the measure before us today is not required because the SNP do not participate in matters that pertain only to England, and I was pointing out that that is not the case. It was not to complain that she was contributing. I actually valued her contribution so much that she swayed the way I voted in that debate. It was a very valuable contribution.