Mr Kenneth Clarke contributions to the Pensions (Review of Women's Arrangements) (No. 2) Bill 2017-19

Thu 7th September 2017 Points of Order (Commons Chamber)
1st reading: House of Commons
3 interactions (78 words)

Points of Order

(1st reading: House of Commons)
(1st reading: House of Commons)
Mr Kenneth Clarke Excerpts
Thursday 7th September 2017

(2 years, 10 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Mr Speaker Hansard
7 Sep 2017, 9:30 a.m.

I agree with that view. It is one that I have articulated to the Government Chief Whip, and one to which I understood and understand he is sympathetic. For my own part—trying to be helpful—I can say that, notwithstanding my enthusiasm to serve the House in granting urgent questions where appropriate, colleagues will understand that the bar for urgent questions on Monday will be very high.

Mr Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe) (Con) Hansard

Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. Has the Chief Whip explained to you if there is any reason why we are not suspending the 5 o’clock rule this evening? There is no chance of any Division taking place on the first day of a two-day debate. It really is rather absurd that Members are told to confine their remarks to three minutes or some equivalent when we are discussing such enormous issues of such long-term significance.

Mr Speaker Hansard
7 Sep 2017, 9:30 a.m.

An explanation has been offered to me on that point. I am sympathetic to what the right hon. and learned Gentleman has said and I hope that account will be taken of it, not least in relation to Monday. Although I know that the right hon. and learned Gentleman speaks in support of the rights of all his colleagues, I hope he is at least moderately mollified to know that there is no question of the right hon. and learned Gentleman today—or probably in a speech at any other time—being confined by the Chair to a mere three minutes.