HC Deb 11 June 2002 vol 386 c794

Amendments made: No. 215, in page 17, line 41, at end insert—

'( ) include consequential, transitional or incidental provision.'.

No. 257, in page 18, line 9, leave out "and".

No. 258, in page 18, line 10, at end insert—

', and ( ) section 35.'.—[Beverley Hughes.]
Mr. Gerrard

On a point of order. Mr. Deputy Speaker. You will be aware that we were unable to reach the amendments in my name, starting with amendment No. 83, before 7 o'clock. Although Members of this House might understand why that happened, it will be difficult for people outside this place to understand why we have failed to debate what is perhaps the issue of most interest to those looking at the Bill. Is it possible for you to try to avoid this in future, Mr. Deputy Speaker? I appreciate that you do not control the timetable motion, but when it is obvious that there are matters of interest to be debated, could you discuss the matter with the parties involved so that we can reach important amendments?

Mr. Deputy Speaker

There is not a role for the Chair in this regard. These matters are decided either through the usual channels or by a motion before the House that is discussed and agreed, as happened this afternoon. While I sympathise with the hon. Gentleman, who was not able to bring his amendments before the House, I am afraid that it was out of my hands.

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