HC Deb 28 June 2001 vol 370 c796 1.27 pm
Mr. Douglas Hogg (Sleaford and North Hykeham)

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Before we come to the business of the House, will you provide some clarification as to the significance of the business motion? As I understand it, the debate can continue until 7 o'clock or later—that is the effect of the two motions on the Order Paper. Am I right in supposing that, if the debate on the business motions continued until 7 o'clock or later, the votes on the substantive motions would then be taken immediately, without any discussion of the merits of the substantive motions?

Mr. Speaker

The right hon. and learned Gentleman is quite right. That would be the case.