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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:25 pm on 20th April 2016.

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Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth Conservative, Aldershot 5:25 pm, 20th April 2016

My hon. Friend mentioned the debate in 1999, when Mr Brian White raised the issue, as a Milton Keynes Member, because the factory would have had to close. I made the point in that debate that down the other end of the building, there was an Act of Parliament dated 1497 that was on view to the public. It was not a facsimile or a replica; it was an Act of Parliament—it bore the sovereign’s signature and it was legible. We know that vellum lasts 500 years, but we do not know that any other material will last 500 years.