Sir Robert, I hope that you will make a statement on the subject to the effect that you will be prepared to reconsider the ruling which you made previously. I hope that you will make a statement to the Committee, either during today's proceedings or at our next sitting. We have given every opportunity to the Minister to consider the situation. I hope that he will realise that he is under an obligation to make a statement to the House on this matter and that he would be treating the House very scurvily if he did not do so, and also that failure to do so would add to his difficulties. I went out of my way to offer the right hon. and learned Gentleman a means of dealing with the situation.
I hope that now the Committee will be able to proceed because we wish to do the best we can in the limited time available to safeguard the House against the dangers now being incorporated into the law of the land.