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Here are some extracts from Sir Lindsay Hoyle’s statement at the start of PMQs.
The way in which the government has exercised its power to make secondary legislation during this crisis has been totally unsatisfactory.
All too often important statutory instruments have been published a matter of hours before they come into force and some explanations as to why important measures have come into effect before they can be laid before this house has been unconvincing and shows a total disregard for the house …
When I became Speaker I made it clear that I would take decisions on matters relating to procedures guided by professional advice.
I have concluded on the basis of advice that I received that any amendment to the motion before the House risks giving rise to uncertainty about the decision the House has taken.
From HuffPost’s Paul Waugh
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