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Equal Enforcement of the Law

Mr. Andrew Robathan accordingly presented a Bill to make provision for direction to police forces to enforce the law equally as it applies to settled communities and to Travellers; to amend the law on trespass; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the First time; and ordered to be read a Second time on Thursday 5 May, and to be printed [Bill 106].

Mr. John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings) (Con): On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. About a fortnight ago, 1,600 of my constituents queued for seven hours to register with a national health service dentist. I wrote to the Prime Minister about that immediately afterwards, asking him to take action. I seek your guidance on this matter. Before the forthcoming dissolution of Parliament, what pressure do the rules allow to be brought on the Prime Minister to reply to my letter and reassure my constituents who, as you will understand, are anxious about this crisis? I feel that I owe them a duty to answer their proper questions, and that the Prime Minister owes me a duty to answer me, so that I can answer them. What pressure can I bring to bear on the Prime Minister to deal with the NHS dental crisis?

Mr. Speaker: That is not a matter for me but, as a Member of Parliament in my own right, with my own constituency, I would telephone Downing street. That is what I would do.
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Business of the House

12.43 pm

The Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. Peter Hain): I beg to move,

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This is a motion designed to facilitate our business between now and Prorogation, and it may help the House if I say something about its effect.

The motion provides that today, Wednesday, after we have concluded our consideration of this Business of the House motion, we will proceed as follows. First, we will take all stages of the new Finance Bill, for up to four hours. Instead of seeking to amend the original Bill, which would require a complex Committee stage, the Government will—on the advice of the Clerks and with the agreement of the Opposition—withdraw that Bill and reintroduce part of it as a new Bill.

Secondly, we will take all stages of an Appropriation Bill, without debate. Thirdly, we will debate the remaining stages of the Inquiries Bill for up to one hour, followed by Committee of the whole House and remaining stages of the Disability Discrimination Bill for up to one hour. We will then take Committee of the whole House and remaining stages of the Public Service Ombudsman (Wales) Bill for up to one hour. Finally, we expect to take some Lords amendments or messages for up to an hour on each Bill.

Tomorrow, Thursday, we will consider the following, although not necessarily in this order: Lords amendments to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill, for up to one and a half hours; remaining proceedings on the Education Bill for up to one hour; the motion to suspend the Crossrail Bill for up to one hour; Second Reading and remaining stages of the International Organisations Bill for up to one and a half hours. During the course of the day, we may consider other Government motions, including motions relating
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to Lords amendments or messages. I hope and intend that we will conclude our business and be prorogued on Thursday evening.

The motion makes general provision for debate on Government motions to continue until any hour without the need for motions at the moment of interruption. Amendments to be moved in Committee may be tabled before Second Reading. There will be no deferred Divisions and Mr. Speaker will not adjourn the House until any Lords messages have been received and any Reasons Committee has reported.

The motion provides that there will be no sitting in Westminster Hall on Thursday.

I hope that the House will agree to this motion swiftly so that we can proceed to consider the important legislation before us.

Before closing, I would like to thank all the staff and Officers of the House for their hard work during this Parliament. Without them this House would not operate as effectively as it does. I would also like to pass on my thanks for all the work undertaken in Departments, private offices and parliamentary sections. In particular, I thank my two private offices: the Leader's Office and the Wales Office. The hard work, professionalism and integrity of the civil servants in both those offices have served me and my predecessors well.

I commend the motion to the House.

12.46 pm

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