On a point of Order. Usually Private Notice Questions are urgent and of some public importance, and I would like to know on what grounds you, Sir, have allowed this Question? It seems to me that it does not come within the category of urgency.
At first sight I thought the same as the hon. Member, but I am informed that certain allegations have been made in respect of this firm, and the sooner they are dealt with the better.
If slanderous allegations made by Members in this House are entirely without foundation in fact, does it not become a question of urgency with regard to the reputation of the firm or people attacked?
In view of the serious allegations made yesterday by the hon. Member for Maryhill (Mr. J. J. Davidson), can the hon. Gentleman take some public action to stop slanderous statements of this sort being made in the House which misrepresent people trying to do their duty to the nation at this time?
The hon. Member for Maryhill has been subject to criticism, as implied in the Question. We are asking whether the ordinary courtesies were shown to him by notification that this Question was being raised to-day.
I have tried all through the House and through the Labour Whips' Office to find the hon. Member for Maryhill. He is not in his place in the House, and I had to ask the Question as a matter of urgency.