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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:18 am on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East 11:18 am, 17th October 2019

It is an almost universally observed convention of this House that there is a two-week period between the first laying of a Bill and its Second Reading, yet on Wednesday we have the Environment Bill, which is absolutely massive—it has 122 clauses and 20 schedules. In two of the Committees I sit on, we did pre-legislative scrutiny of the first bit, but there is a whole load of other stuff that we have not seen before. Does it really have to be brought back so quickly? Can we not give environmental groups and MPs the chance to scrutinise it before we get to Second Reading?