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Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:44 am on 18th November 2016.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West 10:44 am, 18th November 2016

My hon. Friend refers to the crisis of scrutiny in this place. That is another major scandal, although one glorious exception is the meeting of one Committee of the House which is going to be made into a musical.

We should also remember that the Government’s proposal is a pre-Brexit proposal. There will be a huge amount of extra work to be done here. How can it make any sense to reduce the number of Members of Parliament in those circumstances? The Government’s proposal will make Parliament less representative, and it will no longer be a model for those in other countries. The Brexit proposal will impose a huge burden of legislation on the House.