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

My hon. Friend makes that point brilliantly in the way that only he can.

My hon. Friend Kirstene Hair made a fantastic speech, a Unionist speech, and touched on a part of the world I love greatly, Scotland. It is a beautiful country and my hon. Friend will be a fantastic representative for her constituency.

Although she is not in her place, Marsha De Cordova made a fabulous speech about a part of the world I hold very dear. I was, after all, a councillor in Battersea, in the borough of Wandsworth, for many years—well, actually, for four years, but it seemed longer. I was a councillor for the most famous and celebrated ward of Battersea, Balham. If you are going to be a councillor anywhere in the country, why not Balham?

In concluding my brief remarks, let me say that it is always best for Governments of whatever colour to be generous and magnanimous. As you will know, Mr Speaker, in this place generosity is often abused but never despised. My plea to Government as we go forward is for them please to be generous in their approach to the Opposition Benches. They will be on the side of the angels if they are.