Gaming Board (Chairman)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th July 1968.

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The following Question stood upon the Order Paper:

Photo of Sir Timothy Kitson Sir Timothy Kitson , Richmond (Yorks)

TO ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will announce the name of the Chairman of the Gaming Board.

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

Mr. Kitson. Question No. 59.

Hon. Members:

Where is the Minister?

Photo of Sir Knox Cunningham Sir Knox Cunningham , South Antrim

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Is it not disgraceful [Interruption.]

Photo of Sir Knox Cunningham Sir Knox Cunningham , South Antrim

Mr. Speaker, is it not a disgrace that the Government have not got any Minister present to answer Questions in the House? What are the Whips doing about it? Why are they not here in their place?

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

Order. A further point of order. Mr. William Hamilton.

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West

On a point of order. Is it not also a disgrace that so many Conservative hon. Members are absent, including the hon. Member for Runcorn (Mr. Carlisle), the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam (Mr. J. H. Osborn) and the hon. Member for Twickenham (Mr. Gresham Cooke).

Photo of Mr Eric Moonman Mr Eric Moonman , Billericay

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I should be grateful if the first point of order which was raised could be repeated because we were at somewhat of a disadvantage in not having been able to hear it on this side of the House.

Hon. Members:

Where are they?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lewis Mr Kenneth Lewis , Rutland and Stamford

On a point of order. Can we suspend the sitting of the House until such time as the Minister arrives and restart Questions at a quarter to four when he is available?

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

Order. I answer the hon. Member. We cannot suspend the House; it is in a state of suspense at the moment. We cannot begin Questions again at a quarter to four. I have answered the hon. Member's two points.

Earl of Dalkeith:

In view of the fact that the Prime Minister is supposed to be responsible for everything, could he not answer these Questions?

Photo of Miss Irene Ward Miss Irene Ward , Tynemouth

On a point of order. Could the Prime Minister

Photo of Mr Hugh Jenkins Mr Hugh Jenkins , Wandsworth Putney

Could not some arrangement be made whereby the occasional hiatus, which is very largely due, not to any fault of the Government— [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."]—but to the absence of hon. Members, could be avoided?

Photo of Miss Irene Ward Miss Irene Ward , Tynemouth

I was about to ask whether the Prime Minister could arrange for the Leader of the House to come to deal with these Questions.

Photo of Sir John Langford-Holt Sir John Langford-Holt , Shrewsbury

On a point of order. Will the Questions which have been omitted be answered after the Prime Minister has finished answering Questions?

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

I have arranged that previously, but I do not know what will happen this time.