Overseas Electors Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:15 pm on 22nd March 2019.

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Photo of Chris Matheson Chris Matheson Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office) 2:15 pm, 22nd March 2019

I am grateful to the Minister for that clarification. We have concerns about certain areas in the Bill. When the legislation is brought back, in whatever form it comes back, we will continue to debate those concerns and scrutinise the Bill, recognising that the Government remain committed to bringing in this change.

Listening this morning—and this afternoon—to Philip Davies, I was reminded that we should always take care about everything we say in Committee, because somebody somewhere will actually read the speeches that we make. I am rather gladdened and encouraged that a hon. Member of such diligence and such attention to detail as the hon. Gentleman has read much of what I said in Committee—and, indeed, taken it on, because, as he said to my hon. Friend Jim McMahon, a lot of the new clauses he has tabled were ones that were first floated by me and my hon. Friends in Committee.