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.
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.
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?