Scheduling of Parliamentary Business

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 6:57 pm on 17th July 2017.

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Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller Chair, Women and Equalities Committee 6:57 pm, 17th July 2017

The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. I am very fortunate not to have the long commute that he may have from his constituency. Ultimately, however, what I am saying is that while we could decide to continue to have debates into the evening, voting earlier in the day would mean that, from the point of view of parliamentary staff who must currently be on standby throughout the evening—and who, of course, receive compensation as a result—we would be at least one step further towards modernising the shape of this place.