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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:11 am on 26th January 2017.

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Photo of Jeff Smith Jeff Smith Opposition Whip (Commons) 11:11 am, 26th January 2017

Thank you also for that, Madam Deputy Speaker—I am grateful.

It is quite right, of course, that other parliamentary business should be shelved over the next couple of weeks so that we can debate article 50, and that includes the Bus Services Bill. In Manchester, we have been demanding London-style bus franchising powers for many years. We can wait a little longer, but may I encourage the Leader of the House to reschedule the Bus Services Bill as soon as possible after the recess so that Manchester can properly manage its transport network?