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Standing Orders (Public Business)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:04 pm on 22nd October 2015.

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Photo of Ian Lucas Ian Lucas Labour, Wrexham 2:04 pm, 22nd October 2015

It is a nonsense, and it is unprecedented. It will mean that an individual from outside England cannot be a Minister and move amendments in Committee on what is defined as an England-only Bill. If that is not creating two different classes of Member, I do not know what is.

This is the third version of amended Standing Orders—it came out last week after the Procedure Committee reported—and it is extremely complex. I have tabled two amendments to illustrate my two points, although I have not read them out because they would have taken up my entire four-minute allocation of time. None the less, the Standing Orders are horrifically complex and dangerous, and they go to the heart of the Union.