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Members: Absent Voting

Leader of the House written question – answered on 18th October 2018.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Leader of the House, what recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on proxy voting for MPs; and when she plans to allocate parliamentary time to debate the matter.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons

I have regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues on parliamentary business and I am committed to ensuring that this Government does all it can to allow new parents to spend that vital early time with their babies. We had a valuable debate during the September sitting and as I confirmed in the debate, I will bring forward a substantive motion on the matter of proxy voting in due course.

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