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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:10 pm on 3rd April 2019.

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Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Conservative, Torbay 4:10 pm, 3rd April 2019

My right hon. Friend is making an interesting speech. This procedure has been used in the past for legislation on Northern Ireland or even the Emergency Powers (Defence) Bill in 1939, but does he agree that it has always been when it was desperately important to get legislation through and there was a broad consensus on it—not, as we see today, when there is clearly a debate to be had about whether something is the right thing to do?