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Part of Speaker’s Statement – in the House of Commons at 7:15 pm on 23rd October 2019.

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Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Chair, Home Affairs Committee 7:15 pm, 23rd October 2019

Further to that point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. As the Chair of the Liaison Committee, Dr Wollaston, has said, this is now the third time, and the purpose of the Liaison Committee is to take more detailed evidence and scrutinise the Prime Minister in a more detailed way. The Prime Minister has said that he does not want to come now until five or six months after his initial appointment; that means in December or January. At such a time when there are so many important decisions to be made for the country, surely it is utterly irresponsible for the Prime Minister to refuse to answer detailed scrutiny questions from the Committee, and if he has done this three times before, how on earth can we have any confidence in a December or January date either?