Childcare Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:45 pm on 29th October 2021.

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Photo of Matt Rodda Matt Rodda Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Pensions) 12:45 pm, 29th October 2021

With the leave of the House, I beg to withdraw the motion that the Bill be read a Second time. I wholeheartedly thank the Minister for his genuine commitment to this important issue and the way that he has engaged with me. I am extremely grateful to him and look forward to working with him. I listened carefully to his speech and those of others Members. I want to express my thanks and my genuine pleasure in working in a cross-party way. I believe that we as a House have shown something very positive today: that we can work across the House in a thoughtful and measured way to achieve something of great national importance.

I am deeply grateful to everybody who has spoken and for their thoughtful suggestions, which I wholeheartedly agree with. I particularly thank Joy Morrissey for her point and Mr Holden for his knowledgeable points, which showed his experience in the Department, along with Angela Richardson and many others for their thoughtful and timely points. I look forward to working with the Minister and colleagues across the House on this important matter. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion.

Motion and Bill, by leave, withdrawn.