BUSINESS QUESTION – LIB-DEM 'OPPOSITION' – 3 April 2003

Dr Julian Lewis: When the acting Leader of the House [Ben Bradshaw] receives representations, as he undoubtedly will, from the Liberal Democrats for greater shares in debate, more parliamentary time and so on, will he bear in mind that the Liberal Democrats' so-called "effective opposition" is represented here today at this important Business Statement by not a single Liberal Democrat Back Bencher and that, apparently, neither is one here to take part in the important Debate on the Adjournment, when hon. Members have the opportunity to raise matters of importance to their constituents?