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Tuesday 8 January 2013

Volume 556 No. 92

HOUSE OF COMMONS OFFICIAL REPORT

PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES (HANSARD) Tuesday 8 January 2013

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House of Commons Tuesday 8 January 2013 The House met at half-past Eleven o’clock PRAYERS [MR SPEAKER in the Chair] BUSINESS BEFORE QUESTIONS CANTERBURY CITY COUNCIL BILL (BY ORDER) Motion made, That the Lords amendments be now considered. Hon. Members: Object. Lords amendments to be considered on Tuesday 15 January. LEEDS CITY COUNCIL BILL (BY ORDER) Motion made, That the Lords amendments be now considered. Hon. Members: Object. Lords amendments to be considered on Tuesday 15 January. NOTTINGHAM CITY COUNCIL BILL (BY ORDER) Motion made, That the Lords amendments be now considered.

The Deputy Prime Minister (Mr Nick Clegg): Happy new year, Mr Speaker. The Government published our proposals on the recall of MPs last year, and the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee then published its report in June last year. We submitted an interim response reaffirming our commitment to establishing a recall mechanism and are now taking the proper time to reflect on the Committee’s recommendations. Ian Murray: Happy new year, Mr Speaker. I thank the Deputy Prime Minister for that unvarnished answer. Given that one of the justifications for introducing recall is improved confidence in our democracy, what is his view of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee’s statement: “We are not convinced that the proposals will increase public confidence in politics”?

The Deputy Prime Minister: The Committee made a number of recommendations about our proposals, but equally it accepted that all parties had made a manifesto commitment to introduce some kind of recall mechanism and acknowledged, as I think everyone does, the difficulty in trying to define serious wrongdoing precisely and determine who should define it and who should set off a trigger for a recall by-election. It is precisely those kinds of difficult dilemmas that we are now trying to address, because we do not want to resile from the commitment to legislate to introduce some kind of recall mechanism. Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries

Hon. Members: Object. Lords amendments to be considered on Tuesday 15 January.

2. Jim Dobbin (Heywood and Middleton) (Lab/Co-op): What his policy is on the review of parliamentary [135548] constituency boundaries.

READING BOROUGH COUNCIL BILL (BY ORDER) Motion made, That the Lords amendments be now considered.

4. Mr Iain McKenzie (Inverclyde) (Lab): What his policy is on the review of parliamentary constituency [135550] boundaries.

Hon. Members: Object. Lords amendments to be considered on Tuesday 15 January.

The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office (Miss Chloe Smith): The boundary commissions are continuing with the boundary review in accordance with the legislation that requires them to report before October 2013.

CITY OF LONDON (VARIOUS POWERS) BILL [LORDS] (BY ORDER) Second Reading opposed and deferred until Tuesday 15 January (Standing Order No. 20).

Oral Answers to Questions DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

Jim Dobbin: Yesterday’s coalition renewal document, “The Coalition: together in the national interest”, includes a vote on the boundary change proposals for constituencies. I know that the Minister is to answer, but I would like to know whether the Deputy Prime Minister will campaign for a no vote. Miss Smith: I think that the parties within the Government have made their positions clear on the matter. As the Prime Minister said yesterday, there will be a vote, it will take place, and I suppose that is that.

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