Business of the House (Private Members’ Bills)

Part of Adjournment (November and Christmas) – in the House of Commons at 8:55 pm on 17th July 2017.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham 8:55 pm, 17th July 2017

I declare an interest as the person who came fifth in the private Members’ Bill ballot—the highest on this side of the House. By the hon. Gentleman’s logic, he is arguing for more sitting Fridays, when it would be even harder for people from Scotland to come down here, and nowhere in his argument does he acknowledge the fact that the most important stage of a Bill’s progress is Committee, which can go on for weeks and weeks and is not subject to any of the criticisms of what may happen on a Friday. Surely that is an important part of a Bill’s progress, yet he is making no proposals about that, and it is not being curtailed.