UK Borders Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 27th February 2007.

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Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Opposition Whip (Commons) 10:45 am, 27th February 2007

On a point of order, is it possible to propose a manuscript amendment now for Thursday 1 March? At the moment, we have an artificial break at 3.30 pm, when the House will be sitting until 6.30 pm. We can still have additional witnesses, to be decided by the Committee, but it seems sensible not to have Professor Ross Anderson and Liberty artificially constrained. I wish to propose an amendment, on Thursday 1 March, under the witness listing for Professor Ross Anderson and Phil Booth, to delete “2.30 pm” and insert “3 pm”, and under Liberty, to delete “3.30 pm” and insert “5 pm”. At least then, Mr. Illsley, we will have the opportunity to establish whether the Government are simply taking the opportunity to leave early, or whether they are actually interested in scrutiny.