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Westminster Hall Sittings

Volume 501: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

To ask the Leader of the House if she will make arrangements for a full weekly programme of Westminster Hall debates to be held in future in the first full week of a new parliamentary Session. (301892)

There are practical obstacles to holding sittings in Westminster Hall in the first week of a new Parliament. A few days are needed to hold ballots for adjournment debates, for the necessary consultations over the business to be taken at Thursday afternoon sittings, and for the appointment of the Chairmen’s Panel.

I do not therefore believe that it would be feasible for sittings to take place in the first full week of the next Session.