Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:28 pm on 19th April 2017.

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Photo of Alison Thewliss Alison Thewliss Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Cities) 4:28 pm, 19th April 2017

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. You may remember that I have previously raised the issue of having time to debate in the House the Government’s rape clause and two-child policy. The last time I raised the matter, the usual channels came back to me and assured me that time would be made available in a delegated legislation Committee for the rape clause to be debated. The final list of DL Committees has appeared in the Whips Office, and as far as I know there will now not be time, with the proposed election, for the rape clause to be debated anywhere in this House.

There are no third-party referrers in Scotland because the NHS and women’s organisations think that the guidance is not sound and are refusing to co-operate with it. Is there any recourse for me to raise this with the Government ahead of the election, to ensure that these very important issues get debated?