Oral Answers to Questions — Scottish Questions

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th November 1966.

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Photo of Mr William Baxter Mr William Baxter , West Stirlingshire 12:00 am, 9th November 1966

On a point of order. You will know, Mr. Speaker, that very seldom do Scottish Questions come to the top of the list of Questions. On this occasion they did, and they were answered as far as Question No. 34. There was then what I would term an unwarranted intrusion of English Questions.

Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen

Order. Hon. Members must curb their nationalist sentiments and listen to a point of order.

Photo of Mr William Baxter Mr William Baxter , West Stirlingshire

My hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Mr. Chapman) does not know Scotland very well. It is a very important nation and there should be full liberty for Questions appertaining to it to be answered. I would like you, Mr. Speaker, to look into this matter and consider whether the difficulty can be obviated in future so that Scottish Questions come in their proper sequence.

Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Govan

Further to that point of order. I am a helpless victim of the occasion, but I have no association with England.

Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire

Further to that point of order. May I draw your attention to the fact, Mr. Speaker, that 18 Scottish Questions have not been answered and that that situation has been aggravated by the fact that eight Questions to the English Attorney-General have been brought into the middle of Scottish Questions? What remedy do we have?

Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen

The allocation of dates and places on the Order Paper for Questions is not a matter for Mr. Speaker. The Questions to the Lord President of the Council and the Questions to the Attorney-General are in their proper place, as fixed by the usual channels. I can understand the concern of Scottish Members, but it is a matter which they must take up with the Leader of the House, to see whether some rearrangement of the timetable can be made. I have no power to alter it.