The Prime Minister's Remarks (Czechoslovakian Protest)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th November 1958.

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The following Question stood upon the Order Paper:

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West

To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT his remarks made at the fireworks party, given recently at the Swedish Embassy, which were the subject of an official Czechoslovakian protest.

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West

On a point of order. I think the Prime Minister has just answered Question No. 52.

Photo of Mr William Morrison Mr William Morrison , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

I have called the Prime Minister to make a statement because I was informed that the time was half-past three o'clock, and it was therefore my duty to bring Questions to an end. No doubt Question No. 52 will appear with a Written Answer and will be circulated as usual.

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West

Further to that point of order. I was distinctly under the impression that the Prime Minister had answered Question No. 52. [HON. MEMBERS: "No."]

Photo of Mr William Morrison Mr William Morrison , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

The Prime Minister gave an Answer to the last Question which was in time.

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West

I called out "No. 52", Mr. Speaker, and I think the Prime Minister indicated that he heard me call out and that he answered me by saying "No, Sir".

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West

I therefore thought it was reasonable that I should claim the right to ask a supplementary question following that Answer.

Photo of Mr William Morrison Mr William Morrison , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

There seems to be a general desire that this Question should be asked and answered, but I cannot help it. The hon. Member says that he called out the number of his Question, but I had not called upon him to ask the Question. I have no power to do so.

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

Further to that point of order. Would you kindly inform me, Mr. Speaker, whether the Answer given orally to Question 52 by the Prime Minister is to be given in the record?

Photo of Mr William Morrison Mr William Morrison , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

We shall see the record when it turns up.

Photo of Mr Samuel Silverman Mr Samuel Silverman , Nelson and Colne

Further to the point of order. Although you, Mr. Speaker, did not in fact call upon him to do so, the Prime Minister did, in fact, answer Question 52 by saying "No, Sir". That surely indicates that it was the Prime Minister's wish to answer the Question. Is not it usual and customary when a Minister, and particularly the Prime Minister, wishes to answer a Question which would be reached a little later than 3.30 to ask Mr. Speaker for permission to answer the Question and that that permission is normally given?

Photo of Mr William Morrison Mr William Morrison , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

It is, but I was not asked beforehand for leave to answer this Question after the time for Questions. I understand that the Prime Minister now has a statement to make on a strip mill.