Private Members’ Bills — [Valerie Vaz in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:58 am on 13th April 2016.

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Photo of Jeff Smith Jeff Smith Opposition Whip (Commons) 10:58 am, 13th April 2016

I do not have much time, so I will be brief in thanking all the Members who have contributed to this debate. We have had a respectful, interesting and mature debate, which is more than we usually get on Fridays. There is a consensus that there is deep frustration with the system on both sides of the House. The system is broken and change is needed. We have had some good suggestions, and I particularly thank Sir Alan Haselhurst and my right hon. Friend Mr Howarth for their suggestions about ways forward. I hope that the Procedure Committee and, more importantly, the Government will listen to those suggestions and take them on board, because one thing is clear: the longer we continue with the current system, the more the reputation of Parliament will be damaged. The time has come for change.

Question put and agreed to.


That this House
has considered the procedure for debating and voting on Private Members’ Bills.