Is the Lord President aware that many of us deeply regret the decision reached last week? [HON. MEMBERS: "No."] Could he say whether, if a private hon. Member is successful in the private ballot machinery, he would have any chance of finding time to debate this subject again?
One may regret a decision, but one had better accept it, the decision having been taken. The second part of my hon. Friend's supplementary question raises a different matter.
Very properly, the Officers of the House made certain investigations and officials of the Ministry of Public Building and Works and of the Department of the Serjeant at Arms were naturally concerned to see what might have to be done if a different decision were taken.
Would my right hon. Friend consider allowing, perhaps not as a full experiment, the House to be televised during the moving and seconding of the Address, which is a rather spectacular occasion and which arouses great public interest?
It is my view that the House came to a decision—[HON. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear."]—and that that is a fact. That decision can be reconsidered and there are opportunities for doing so. However, as long as that decision has been taken, one must accept it, whether or not one likes it.