Scheduling of Parliamentary Business

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 8:08 pm on 17th July 2017.

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Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Chair, Procedure Committee 8:08 pm, 17th July 2017

Thank you, Mr Speaker, for calling me to speak in this important debate. I love process and procedure, and I do not think it is to be derided or criticised. Process and procedure is why we settle big debates in this place and not out there on the streets, so there are no apologies from me.

I am delighted that we have such experts in this place on process and procedure. I know very little about it, but my hon. Friend Mr Rees-Mogg is an expert, as are you, Mr Speaker, in the Chair today. I do not want to sound like a crashing bore in what is my maiden speech in my fourth Parliament —four Parliaments is quite impressive; we are moving in the right direction. But I would just say that the genuine maiden speech—