Oral Answers to Questions — Questions to the Prime Minister

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th March 1969.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Walter Bromley-Davenport Lieut-Colonel Sir Walter Bromley-Davenport , Knutsford 12:00 am, 6th March 1969

On a point of order. May I ask a question further to that asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Macclesfield (Sir A. V. Harvey)? [Interruption.] We have had a quarter of an hour for the Prime Minister's Questions. We have been lucky to get through five evasive Answers——

Hon. Members:

Three.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Walter Bromley-Davenport Lieut-Colonel Sir Walter Bromley-Davenport , Knutsford

The right hon. Gentleman coupled two together.

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

Order. The House must not assist the hon. and gallant Gentleman to put his point of order.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Walter Bromley-Davenport Lieut-Colonel Sir Walter Bromley-Davenport , Knutsford

I appreciate your help, which I badly need, Mr. Speaker.

To be constructive, would it not be possible to get the right hon. Gentleman the Foreign Secretary to answer Questions instead of the Prime Minister? I have been bursting to ask a supplementary to Question No. 4, which I cannot now have answered.

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

Order. This is a point which was raised by one of the hon. and gallant Gentleman's hon. Friends two weeks ago. Repetition of a false point of order does not make it a true point of order. Questions to the Prime Minister are important. There are many supplementaries and a Minister has the right to answer Questions in the way he likes. It is not a point of order.

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

Order. Gestures have no effect upon me.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Walter Bromley-Davenport Lieut-Colonel Sir Walter Bromley-Davenport , Knutsford

On a new point of order. May I, first, apologise to you, Mr. Speaker, in that I was unable to hear a single word of what you have said. We are not objecting to the number of hon. Members who are asked to ask supplementaries. What we object to is the amount of "flannel" that comes from the Prime Minister.

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

Order. To the second point that the hon. and gallant Gentleman has raised, my answer, which he will read in HANSARD tomorrow, with my previous one, is that it is not a point of order.