» Tuesday, October 26, 2004


Asked what the Prime Minister’s reaction would be if Peers voted to adopt the so-called ‘middle way’ option on hunting, the PMOS said that the Hunting Bill was going through its committee stage in the House of Lords today. We awaited the outcome with interest. The Prime Minister had never hidden his view that it would be better for a compromise to be agreed. As we had been underlining from the outset, however, it was a matter for a free vote and that remained the position. Asked if it remained the Government’s intention to invoke the Parliament Act were the Lords to defy the view of the Commons, the PMOS repeated that the House of Lords was debating the matter today and it would not be helpful to pre-empt what the outcome of those discussions might be.

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