HC Deb 14 March 2001 vol 364 c1044

Mr. Tony Colman accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for combating the bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions by implementing the OECD Convention of 1997; to amend the Prevention of Corruption Acts 1889 to 1916; to make further provision for the investigation of, and about the jurisdiction of courts in England and Wales in relation to, certain bribery offences; to amend the Criminal Justice Acts 1987 and 1993; to make provision about the powers of the Attorney General in relation to such offences; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the First time; and ordered to be read a Second time on Friday 20 July, and to be printed [Bill 64].

Mr. Simon Hughes (Southwark, North and Bermondsey)

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Can you tell the House what remedy is available to us if we want to ensure that, whatever view we may have about a guillotine timetable, if there is a guillotine and a significant part of that guillotine time is taken up by other matters—for understandable reasons about which colleagues have no complaint—the lost time could be made up so that the maximum guillotine time is permitted?

Madam Deputy Speaker (Mrs. Sylvia Heal)

Order. I thank the hon. Gentleman for his point of order, but the Order of the House does not allow for that flexibility.

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