Scheduling of Parliamentary Business

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 7:49 pm on 17th July 2017.

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Photo of Jacob Rees-Mogg Jacob Rees-Mogg Conservative, North East Somerset 7:49 pm, 17th July 2017

I questioned the wisdom of requesting the debate, not of granting it, which is a very important distinction. It is of the greatest importance that the Speaker, if asked for an emergency debate by the formal Opposition, should in almost all circumstances grant it because such debates are an important way of holding the Government to account and of inconveniencing the Government.

As the hon. Member for Rhondda said, Standing Order No. 14 gives enormous power to the Government to set out the business of this House, but the Opposition need opportunities to raise urgent matters. There, the Opposition must be wise in what they ask for.