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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:46 pm on 20th April 2016.

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Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office 6:46 pm, 20th April 2016

This is indeed a matter for the House, and this House is just about to make sure that its view is well known.

The speech by Dr Blackman-Woods, the intervention by Stephen Pound and the speeches by my hon. Friends the Members for North East Hampshire (Mr Jayawardena), for Aldridge-Brownhills (Wendy Morton) and for Milton Keynes South (Iain Stewart) were incredibly powerful and persuasive. There are Members who sit on the Treasury Bench, not least my right hon. Friend Michael Fallon, and my hon. Friends the Members for Milton Keynes North (Mark Lancaster) and for Devizes (Claire Perry), who would have spoken had convention not prevented them from doing so.

My hon. Friend Sir Paul Beresford made the case for abolition, but his speech ended up as a haggle about the costs. Paul Flynn railed against the rule of law, ultimately, arguing that it was not worth preserving laws. Well, I think that the rule of law in this country is important and should be preserved.