Memorandum from Sir Patrick Cormack MP
The first and best use of non-legislative time
is to increase it by decreasing the amount of time available for
legislation. We pass far too many laws.
Another way of increasing the amount of time
available for Members to debate issues would be to restore the
balloted Motions. These gave Members the opportunity to vote on
If over 300 Members of the House sign a Motion
time should be allowed for it to be debated within the week, even
if that means having an evening sitting on a Wednesday.
One Adjournment Debate each weekin the
Chambershould be of an hour and a half's duration, and
on a topical subject selected by Mr Speaker on the basis of submissions
from backbenchers, made to him by 12 noon on a Monday. The extended
Adjournment Debate should take place on a Wednesday or Thursday.