Tonight’s vote

So… tonight, we’ve got normal business on in the House till 7pm. It might finish early, in which case the House will be suspended at 7pm and then we’ll be on the Business Motion about tomorrow’s tuition fees debate. We’re not in theory meant to be debating the sustantive issue tonight, but rather the fact that we don’t think tomorrow’s debate will be long enough. This is revised motion… Note, we’re now being allowed up to five hours, but that’s assuming we start debating it straight after the Business statement at 12.30pm. If the Government sneaks in a statement or if there’s an urgent question, we’ll start later and still have to finish by 5.30pm. We think this is to make time for a couple of votes, and still allow Government backbenchers to get away by 6pm. The Government whips might have trouble keeping them here any longer.

[Until any hour]
Sir George Young
Mr David Willetts
   That, at the sitting on Thursday 9 December, the Speaker shall put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motion in the name of Secretary Vince Cable relating to Higher Education Higher Amount and, notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents), on the Motion in the name of Secretary Vince Cable on the draft Higher Education (Basic Amount) (England) Regulations not later than five hours after the commencement of proceedings on the first motion, or at 5.30 pm, whichever is the earlier; such Questions shall include the Questions on any Amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved; proceedings may continue after the moment of interruption; and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply.
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