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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE MOTION (THURSDAY, 14th MARCH)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th March 1968.

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Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen 12:00 am, 18th March 1968

I have a short statement to make arising out of the proceedings last Thursday evening on the Business Motion relating to the sittings of the House and the suspension of the 10 o'clock rule.

My advisers have consulted me on whether those proceedings should be taken note of to serve as precedents on any future occasion which may arise, since these events may appear to modify the strict application of the 10 o'clock rule.

The directions I have given in reply are that the proceedings at 10 o'clock last Thursday night were unfortunate and certainly should never be regarded either in the near or distant future as forming any sort of precedent. I hope that my directions in this unhappy matter will commend themselves to the House generally.

May I again express my profound regret to the House, and my sincere appreciation of its generosity.

Hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

Photo of Sir Harmar Nicholls Sir Harmar Nicholls , Peterborough

Could it be made clear, Mr. Speaker, who ought to take the initiative on suspension, the Clerk or the Prime Minister?

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

We dealt with that point last Thursday and I thought that I had made it quite clear.