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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:43 am on 31st January 2019.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 10:43 am, 31st January 2019

With reference to the earlier exchange between the Leader and the shadow Leader of the House, DEFRA is still struggling to get through 88 statutory instruments before the end of March. The Government have cancelled the debate on the REACH directive next week and one on air quality on Wednesday. How can the Opposition be expected to do the right job of scrutiny if things get cancelled and we do not have the resource to pull things together at relatively short notice? Will she think about giving us some more money so that we can do this job of scrutiny properly?