Ministers' Statements (Eec Meetings)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd May 1976.

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Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury 12:00 am, 3rd May 1976

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. On Question No. 30 in answer to a supplementary question on the sugar agreement being negotiated in the Common Market, I was told that the Minister for Overseas Development had passed the matter to the Minister of Agriculture. On Thursday and Friday the Minister of Agriculture had a meeting in Brussels, and once again no statement was made to the House. May I remind you, Mr. Speaker, that the Chancellor of the Exchequer failed to make a statement to the House after his recent meeting, as did the Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture after their meetings. What can you do, Mr. Speaker, to protect Back Benchers who want to know what has been going on in their names over in Brussels? Is there anything you can do to help us?

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

First of all, I have allowed the hon. Gentleman to make his point, which is what I think he wanted to do. I shall consider the rest of his point of order.