Points of Order

Part of European Council – in the House of Commons at 5:24 pm on 26th March 2018.

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Photo of Angela Rayner Angela Rayner Shadow Secretary of State for Education 5:24 pm, 26th March 2018

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. You will be aware that early-day motion 937 has sat on the Order Paper as a prayer against the Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2018, which end the NHS bursary for a number of nursing courses. Wednesday of this week is the last praying day, and the Opposition may by convention call for a debate and vote on the Floor of the House. However, for three successive weeks, the Leader of the House has failed to answer questions from the shadow Leader of the House as to whether she will fulfil that obligation. In answer to my hon. Friend Stephanie Peacock, the Leader of the House said that she would give the matter

“consideration and see what more can be done.”—[Official Report, 22 March 2018;
Vol. 638, c. 408.]

The shadow Leader of the House made a similar point of order late last Thursday in the presence of the Leader of the House, but again we got no answer.

As things stand, the other place will have a vote, but the elected House will be denied one. I therefore ask you, Mr Speaker, to confirm our understanding that we have taken the necessary measures to secure a vote under the conventions of this House. Have you received any indication that the matter will come to the Floor of the House this week? If not, will you confirm that it would be in order for the Government to provide time after the recess for a binding motion from a Minister, so that we can have a meaningful vote? Finally, are there any further steps that my hon. Friends and I can take to secure a debate and a vote on the legislation before it is too late?