Martin Salter (Reading West, Labour)
I thank the hon. Gentleman and I also apologise to the Committee for leaving. I have a member of staff who has been taken sick and I had to make a couple of phone calls. I have a difficult relationship with the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, but in this case I meant no discourtesy to him.
In response to the hon. Member for Monmouth, I accept fully that he has never even indicated support for the Government’s proposals, but could he clarify a matter for me? I think that he is a proper Tory, but did he really call for every householder to be issued with taser guns? If he did, I would say that he is a proper Tory.