Hunting Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 6th February 2001.

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[Mrs. Marion Roe in the Chair]

Photo of John Maples John Maples Conservative, Stratford-on-Avon 10:30 am, 6th February 2001

On a point of order, Mrs. Roe. I do not know whether it has come to your attention, but the business has been set for the next two weeks, and the Bill cannot go back before the House of Commons until after the week's recess—the end of February. It is clear not only that the Bill will not complete all its parliamentary stages by a May election, but that, if the Government have no intention of allowing it to complete its proceedings, they are playing with the Committee's time by introducing it at all. I seek your advice on two points. First, has the Minister approached you about abandoning these proceedings, which are clearly a waste of everyone's time? Secondly, is there a remedy for members of the Committee whose time is being abused by a Government who have no intention of completing the legislation?

Photo of Mrs Marion Roe Mrs Marion Roe Conservative, Broxbourne

That is not a point of order for me. The Minister has not approached me, and the House has already decided on the procedure. Schedule 3 Hunting with dogs: prohibition