Speaker’s Statement Debate

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Speaker’s Statement

Thérèse Coffey Excerpts
Friday 24th May 2024

(2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Thérèse Coffey Portrait Dr Thérèse Coffey (Suffolk Coastal) (Con)
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On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Speaker
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Well, I am not sure we should take one, but I have to give in to Dr Thérèse Coffey.

Thérèse Coffey Portrait Dr Coffey
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I want to thank you, Mr Speaker, for all that you have done in this Parliament. It has been an extraordinary one, given the situation we went through with covid. The way this Parliament continued to function was truly innovative, recognising the challenges of the time.

Many people are standing down. I am not one of them, Mr Speaker—I hope to be re-elected to this House— but I am conscious that today is the opportunity for valedictory messages. The point of order that I am really trying to make is to understand how today’s final debate will work. I hope that there will be an opportunity for everybody to speak, with priority given to those making valedictory speeches, but that there will be a chance, too, for constituency MPs who want to raise issues. I would be grateful for your guidance on when the debate is likely to start and finish.

Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Speaker
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I wish I could give an answer to that. Unfortunately, I am not in control of the Lords. Maybe it would be helpful if this House was. [Laughter.] As information comes through in real time, we will update the House. We have some things to get through. You are absolutely right that preference will be given to those Members who are standing down. I think we will have more time than we would expect. It does not look like an early finish for Members today. Who knows, but I think we could be running until after 6 pm, so there will be time, but, as I say, I will give preference to those who are stepping down.

Let me say to those Members who are stepping down: thank you for being part of this Parliament. Thank you for what you have done. We are going to lose some good friends. On both sides of the House, experience is leaving, and that is sad for all of us, but I wish you well in the next part of your careers.

Bill Presented

Solent Ferry Regulator Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Bob Seely presented a Bill to establish a regulator of ferry services operating in the Solent; to make provision about the powers and duties of that regulator; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 5 July, and to be printed (Bill 231).