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extension of leave to remain

Part of Coronavirus Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:52 pm on 23rd March 2020.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Labour, Rhondda 7:52 pm, 23rd March 2020

I have absolutely no intention of dividing the House. The nation does not need dividing and I do not think the Committee needs dividing on these matters either. I am grateful to the Government, who have tried to be in as listening a mood as they possibly can. My anxiety, however, is that the Government’s amendment, as tabled, is defective and simply does not work. My anxiety is that in six months’ time the Government will present us with a take it or leave it argument—you’ve either got the whole Act and all the provisions carrying on for another six months or you’ve got to leave it—and retain those powers for another 18 months.