HC Deb 14 December 1987 vol 124 cc828-74

As amended (in the Standing Committee), considered.

7.11 pm
Mr. Nicholas Budgen (Wolverhampton, South-West)

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Three different points of view are set out in the first group of amendments. The Government's position is set out in Government new clause 5, the official Opposition's position is set out in new clause 6 and I and a number of my hon. Friends have set out our view in new clause 9. The official Opposition's position is a Left-wing position, the Government's position is a compromise position, and those who are more absolutely inclined will be attracted by new clause 9.

I respectfully suggest that the House would find it easier if we had the opportunity to vote on each of those three propositions. I should be grateful if the Chair would give some guidance so that we may know how the debate will end.

Madam Deputy Speaker (Miss Betty Boothroyd)

The hon. Gentleman's speech is very persuasive. I can tell him that Mr. Speaker has determined that there can be a Division on new clause 6, but that a Division is not possible on new clause 9. I refer the hon. Gentleman to new clause 5 because that assumes the continued existence of section 71, whereas the new clause that stands in his name seeks to repeal section 71. Therefore, should new clause 5 fall, Mr. Speaker would certainly allow a Division on new clause 9.

Mr. Budgen

Are you, Madam Deputy Speaker, advising those hon. Members who support new clause 9 to vote against new clause 5?

Madam Deputy Speaker

Far be it from me to give guidance to hon. Members on such matters.

  1. New Clause 5
    1. cc828-67
    2. RACE RELATIONS MATTERS 22,140 words
  2. BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE 3,828 words, 1 division
  3. New Clause 2
    1. cc875-86
    2. PART I: EXEMPTIONS 6,262 words, 1 division
  4. New Clause 4
    1. cc886-96
    2. DOG LICENCE 6,074 words
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