Orders of the Day — Steel Industry and Road Haulage

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th November 1951.

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Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Lewisham South 12:00 am, 12th November 1951

On a point of order. Standing Order No. 26 provides that there is discretion in the Chair to refuse such a Motion if in the opinion of the Chair it is an abuse of the rules of the House"— I cannot see that it is—or the Chair may decline to propose the question"— which is, of course, a perfectly open discretion on the part of the Chair—without any indication of the purpose, as there would be if it were because, in the opinion of the Chair, it was an abuse of the Rules of the House. I venture to ask, Mr. Deputy-Speaker, with great respect, in view of the case I made, under which of these provisions you are declining to accept the Motion I propose?