HC Deb 09 July 2003 vol 408 c1342

Motion made,

That at the sitting on Thursday 17th July, the Motion for the Adjournment of the House in the name of the Prime Minister relating to matters to be considered before the forthcoming adjournment may be proceeded with, though opposed, for three hours, and shall then lapse if not previously disposed of.—[Paul Clark.]

Hon. Members


Gregory Barker (Bexhill and Battle)

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. In the vote that has just taken place, only 317 Members voted in favour of Third Reading: fewer than an absolute majority. Given that the majority of Members failed to vote in favour of Third Reading, is it the Chair's opinion that this would be an appropriate piece of legislation on which to invoke the Parliament Act?

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Sir Alan Haselhurst)

That is not a point of order, but a point of observation, and the Chair certainly has no opinion about it.

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