Leader of the House

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th April 1974.

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Mr. Adley:

I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House, under Standing Order No. 9, for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration; namely, the statement made by the right hon. Gentleman the Leader of the House at 1.10 a.m. today. I submit that the matter is urgent because this statement should have been made in Parliament. It is specific because the right hon. Gentleman referred to a specific matter.

A debate on this matter is essential, Mr. Speaker, because the right hon. Gentleman's statement has raised more questions than it has answered.

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

The hon. Member for Christchurch and Lymington (Mr. Adley) gave me notice that he would be making this application. I have listened to what he has said. I am afraid that I must say that I do not think that any matter could be more inappropriate for a debate under the procedure of Standing Order No. 9. I must reject his application.