Overseas Electors Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:00 pm on 22nd March 2019.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough 2:00 pm, 22nd March 2019

I want to put the case against my hon. Friend’s argument in favour of sunset clauses. Last Friday, we were debating the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Bill of my right hon. Friend Theresa Villiers, which would put an end to the sunset clause put on the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act 2009. That sunset clause had no particularly clear rationale. I understand the case for such clauses when we do not know whether we will solve a problem by legislating, but when we are making a principled and permanent change, they seem unnecessary and could eat up the time of the House. Does my hon. Friend agree?