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.
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.