May I be allowed to make a personal explanation as to what happened in the House on Tuesday? An Education Bill for Scotland was discussed, and, in the course of a speech which otherwise I thought quite reasonable, I commented on the lack of attendance of Scottish Members. In doing so, unwittingly, I hope I need not say, I did them a grave injustice. Because of circumstances over which they had no control, which in these times I must not mention, but which they know too well, they were not able to get here. I hope that Scottish Members on both sides of the House will believe me when I say that I regret that I said that.
I am one of those who were not here, and there were very good reasons for the absence of, I think, a large majority of Scottish Members. We would not have minded what the hon. Member said, because we Scotch are inured to the gibes of the English race, but I would put it to the Secretary of State for Scotland or the Patronage Secretary that it surely might have been possible—
This is clearly out of Order. The hon. Member for Gateshead (Mr. Magnay) has made a personal statement and it is the practice of the House that it should be accepted or rejected without debate.