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Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:37 pm on 3rd November 2005.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Liberal Democrat, North Devon 5:37 pm, 3rd November 2005

With the leave of the House, I should like to respond to some of the points made in this interesting debate. There has been a great deal of support for some sort of Braithwaite II. A variety of issues have attracted consensus across the House, such as the need for professional outreach so that the House can communicate with the electorate and public as much as possible. There is probably also consensus on some of the environmental points that my hon. Friend Norman Baker made.

I particularly welcomed the Leader of the House's contribution at the start of the debate. He acknowledged that, in his view, there needs to be a Braithwaite II of sorts. There will be a range of views on how fast and how radical that should be, but there seems to be clear consensus that there needs to be a review. I also welcomed his recognition of the need for legislation on the parliamentary information and communications technology issue. I hope that he will be successful in finding some time for that. His remarks on the website for Parliament were welcome, but he was right to say that this is a sector that does not stand still. As soon as we have done one major overhaul, it is almost time to begin the next.