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Volume 551: debated on Monday 15 October 2012

[Mr Speaker in the Chair]

business before questions

death of members

I regret to have to report to the House the death of two Members. Malcolm Wicks, the right hon. Member for Croydon North, died on 29 September. Malcolm was a popular and well-respected Member who served as Chairman of the Education Select Committee before being appointed to Government. Malcolm’s ministerial career spanned education, pensions, science and energy.

Sir Stuart Bell, the hon. Member for Middlesbrough sadly died on 13 October. He was a Member of the House for almost 30 years and served as Second Church Estates Commissioner for a record 13 years. Sir Stuart also chaired the Finance and Services Committee and was a member of the House of Commons Commission for 10 years.

I am sure that Members in all parts of the House will join me in mourning the loss of our two valued colleagues and in extending our sympathy to their wives, families and friends.