06 July 2015 @ 06:20 pm
Emergency Debate  

FROM:John Bercow <BERCOWJ@parliament.uk>
TO:Members of the House of Commons;
CC:Staff of the House of Commons; Parliamentary Staff;
SUBJECT:Emergency Debate

Dear colleagues,

I am almost certain that honourable and right honourable members have been made aware of the changes to tomorrow's scheduling, but just in case anyone was missed out, I thought it prudent to alert the whole House to the recent update:

There is to be an emergency three hour debate on the proposed changes to standing orders, colloquially known as "English Votes for English Laws" or "EVEL". This debate has been granted as a response to Alistair Carmichael's application on the subject and the subsequent show of support for the motion that the House expressed. I do hope that all interested parties are now able to fully express and debate the wishes and concerns of their constituents on the matter.

If any member has an issue with regards to the emergency debate that they would like to be seen to, please do not hesitate to get in contact with Speaker's Office.


John Bercow
Speaker of the House of Commons

John Bercow MP
House of Commons
020 7219 6346

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Chris Bryant: Glee[personal profile] chrisbrilliant on July 7th, 2015 10:09 am (UTC)
*It would be unseemly for a Shadow Secretary of State to cackle, so that is definitely not the noise Chris made when he saw the change to the schedule.*

*He might have rubbed his hands together a bit, though.*

This should be fun.

Thanks for granting me the Urgent Question on Monday, by the way. I must say, you've a full-time job on your hands just keeping up with all the requests for emergency statements of one sort or another.
bamfbercow: Hidden smirkishness[personal profile] bamfbercow on July 7th, 2015 10:50 am (UTC)
It is, ever so unfortunately, such a large part of my job at the moment. I have no idea how I manage to cope with all the requests.

Not that I am in any way advocating honourable and right honourable members such as yourself ceasing to request emergency procedures if they are warranted, of course. That would be counter to the best interests of the House. I am certain that you will keep your eye on events and submit requests as you see fit.

Although appreciated, you need not thank me for simply doing my job, Chris. The enjoyment of a job well done is thanks enough.
Chris Bryant: Looking Hard[personal profile] chrisbrilliant on July 7th, 2015 11:25 am (UTC)
In an ideal world, the Government might stop causing quite so many emergencies and ministers might make statements of their own accord without you needing to drag them before the House.

Alas, in our fallen one I fear you'll be busy for quite some time.
bamfbercow: Happy[personal profile] bamfbercow on July 7th, 2015 11:39 am (UTC)
You might very well think that, Chris. I, on the other hand, couldn't possible comment on such an opinion other than to add that I look forward to the day that I may once again do so.