Scheduling of Parliamentary Business

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 17th July 2017.

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Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Conservative, Rochester and Strood 7:30 pm, 17th July 2017

It is a pleasure to follow Angela Smith, and I may refer to one of her comments later. As she knows, I very much respect her, having worked with her in the Council of Europe. I would like to congratulate Marsha De Cordova on her maiden speech. Well done to her! I would also very much like to congratulate my hon. Friend Kirstene Hair, who made an absolutely wonderful speech. It is so lovely to see another young lady—a Scottish one—in the House of Commons today, so well done and thanks for your contribution.

I find it quite surprising that I am speaking in this debate. I was not going to do so, but I read the request that came through and I found that I could not stop myself. I felt that I really had to contribute. I am disappointed that the debate will mean that, sadly, we will not have time for the debate that was to follow. I am quite sad about that. I am very surprised that the Opposition have called this debate today—