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UPDATED - PrivilegeWatch: Justice Minister Rob Nicholson for the defence!

As reported earlier today, later this afternoon the government -- or, more specifically, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, speaking on its behalf  -- will submit its much-anticipated response to the three outstanding questions of privilege currently before the House, so I'll be liveblogging the ensuing debate -- from Nicholson's arguments to the replies from the opposition. It should get underway just after 3pm, depending on whether QP runs late, and how many points of order ensue, so check back for full coverage. 

Unfortunately, due to the previously noted and really, I've got to say it, pretty suspiciously awkward timing of this afternoon's privilege-related intervention, I may well end up missing at least the first part of this afternoon's Afghanistan committee meeting. Which is a pity, really, since today's witnesses sounded awfully interesting. Don't worry, I'll do my best to scurry over to the Railway Room to cover the last hour or so -- depending, of course, on how long the privilege debate goes. I'll keep you posted.

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UPDATE: Courtesy of the minister's office, here's the text of Nicholson's speech:

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