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Friday, 17 March, 2000, 09:08 GMT
On the benches

Conservative MP for Ashford Damian Green, his party's environment spokesman, reviews the week in politics for BBC News Online.

The highlight of the week for me was the House of Lords vote to remove the ballot on grammar schools, in that it was quite surprising, we thought their lordships wouldn't do this.

It came in the week when we had the first ballot of parents at Ripon voting two to one against the destruction of the grammar school there so I think that has made it a very good week.

Prime minister's question time was the low point. I think it was slightly depressing to hear the sound of dead bat going again and again and again. It wasn't Parliament at its most edifying.

I think the winner of the week was Robert Key who had a wonderful Ten-Minute Rule Bill on "muzak". I do agree with him, I think he was quite right. You hear it everywhere and begin to hate Vivaldi.

I think it was David Blunkett for that foolish remark that what he said about no selection being just a joke which he then spent three days trying to retract.

The quote is David Blunkett saying he meant what he said as a joke.

I've been in quite a lot this week. I listened to parts of the political parties bill on Monday and Tuesday and I was in and out on Wednesday when we were going on until all hours on the terrorism legislation.

I was there for prime minister questions, so I've spent some time in the chamber on most days.

By far the biggest issue is asylum seekers.

It's very big in the postbag and in surgeries at the moment, there's a lot of indignation.

The focus of it is that in Kent, where my constituency is, there is an extra 3 on the council tax specifically to deal with the extra burden of asylum seekers so I'm getting a lot of letters threatening not to pay it.

Monday is the second reading of the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill which is my responsibility and that will keep me busy over the next few months.

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