Clause 96 - Application of certain sections of 1965 Act

Part of Civil Partnership Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 26th October 2004.

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Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Shadow Secretary of State for International Development 9:45 am, 26th October 2004

On a point of order, Mr. Cook. Our procedures at the moment are unfolding in a clear and familiar pattern. We face the prospect, in the passage of about 40 minutes of the clock, of having 30

consecutive Divisions, all of a similar pattern. Is there anything under the Standing Orders, or any discussion that you might have with the Chairman of Ways and Means, to say that although many, including I, do not approve of guillotines, knives or reducing the power of delay when it is appropriate for the Opposition, there comes a point at which such a series of Divisions actually becomes frivolous? Would you have such discussions to see whether in the context of the inevitable guillotine that we ultimately face, this kind of procedure is inappropriate to proper discussion of the Bill?