Charles Walker calls for debate on House of Commons Procedure Committee reports

Charles Walker, who is Chair of the House of Commons Procedure Committee, calls for a debate on the committee’s recent reports into programming - where a fixed time is allocated to debate a Bill - and private Members’ Bills.

Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con): The Leader of the House will know that a number of the Procedure Committee’s fabulous reports are gathering dust at the moment, particularly those relating to programming and private Members’ Bills, while a couple of others are equally as deserving of time in this place. Will he find an occasion in the next few weeks to allow me to introduce those reports for debate on the Floor of the House in this Session?

Mr Lansley: My hon. Friend, the Chair of the Procedure Committee, makes a very good point. I assure him that the reports are not gathering dust; as he knows from our conversations, we are actively seeking to take forward his Committee’s recommendations—not least in relation to private Members’ Bills and programming—on the basis of consensus, as we always seek to do in this House. My hon. Friend has highlighted that there is pressure for business that we need to transact before the conclusion of this Session. I hope that I can satisfy him on that matter before the end of this Session.

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