Orders of the Day — Procedure (Sub Judice Rule)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th June 1972.

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Photo of Sir Elwyn Jones Sir Elwyn Jones , West Ham South 12:00 am, 28th June 1972

What I have in mind is that it may well be too late if discussion of the matter is postponed until the court has made its decision. We are dealing with matters affecting the national economy and the safety of the State. These emergency situations are the very basis upon which the Secretary of State seeks to exercise the powers. They are problems of national crisis and they are of national importance. The action taken by the Minister is taken very quickly. It would be intolerable if Parliament, which, as I have said in my evidence, is the grand inquest of the nation, were silenced in such a situation and were unable to discuss matters of national importance coming before the court and, where the matters brought by the Minister on his ipse dixit and left to the court, are largely political.