30/01/2017 House of Commons


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30/01/2017

Recorded coverage of the announcement of upcoming business in the House of Commons and questions to the leader of the House, David Lidington, from Thursday 26 January.


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It's the House of Commons that will have the final say, as on

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practically all legislation. As is always the case, the House of Lords

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has its own procedures and it's not in the of the Government to set down

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what time there'll be to debate a Bill.

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THE SPEAKER: The prize for patience goes to Mr Smith. Thank you, Madam

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Deputy Speaker. And can I wish the honourable gentleman a happy

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birthday. Thank you. It's right that other Parliamentary business should

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be shelved over the past few weeks to debate article 50, including the

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bus services Bill. In Manchester we have been demanding London-style

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franchising powers for many years. We can wait a little longer, but can

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I ask the leader to reschedule the Bill as soon as possible after the

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recess so that Manchester can properly manage our transport

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network. This may be an inadequate birthday

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present but I'll do my best to deliver on what the honourable

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gentleman wants.

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