Questions to Ministers

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th January 1976.

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Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral 12:00 am, 16th January 1976

The hon. Member for Melton (Mr. Latham) raised a point of order yesterday regarding Prime Minister's Questions.

The content of the answer to a particular Question, or type of Question, is a matter for the Minister concerned, and I do not think that this is something on which Mr. Speaker can make rulings.

So far as Questions on engagements are concerned, a blocking answer is not a new development and the Prime Minister has explained his current practice to the House on a number of occasions—Hansard for 14th October, col. 1127; 23rd October, col. 707; and 4th November, col. 225. Whilst I cannot rule on this matter, my personal opinion, for what it is worth, is that the Prime Minister is quite right.