Ministers had to use a guillotine motion to get the Local Government Bill through its third reading in the Commons after Tories raised a string of detailed objections.
The Bill - which replaces CCT with best value - was supposed to clear its report stage in the Commons on Tuesday. But after six hours of debate, only two out of 12 sets of amendments had been dealt with as Tory MPs bombarded the government with queries.
The government withdrew at 1am on Wednesday and moved to limit the debate later that day to get the plans through.
Tory spokesman Bernard Jenkin attacked the guillotine for stifling debate on what he said was 'the most draconian' local government Bill ever to come before the Commons.