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It's the House of Commons that will have the final say, as on
practically all legislation. As is always the case, the House of Lords
has its own procedures and it's not in the of the Government to set down
what time there'll be to debate a Bill.
THE SPEAKER: The prize for patience goes to Mr Smith. Thank you, Madam
Deputy Speaker. And can I wish the honourable gentleman a happy
birthday. Thank you. It's right that other Parliamentary business should
be shelved over the past few weeks to debate article 50, including the
bus services Bill. In Manchester we have been demanding London-style
franchising powers for many years. We can wait a little longer, but can
I ask the leader to reschedule the Bill as soon as possible after the
recess so that Manchester can properly manage our transport
network. This may be an inadequate birthday
present but I'll do my best to deliver on what the honourable