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Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:49 am on 28th June 2005.

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Photo of George Howarth George Howarth Labour, Knowsley North and Sefton East 9:49 am, 28th June 2005

The hon. Gentleman should know that the reason I am speaking from this position is that although I support most of the things that the Government wish to do, I do not speak for them. I am making a constituency speech. With his customary wit and elegance of language, the Under-Secretary of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, my hon. Friend Jim Fitzpatrick, will state the Government's position.

If Mark Pritchard will bear with me, he will understand in a moment the central point that I am trying to make. Suffice it to say that even if the guidance to which the hon. Member for Cotswold referred a few moments ago was withdrawn and changed, the planning system would still not be properly equipped to deal with that class of issue.