Oral Answers to Questions — Committee of Selection (MR. Speaker's Ruling)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th May 1976.

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Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West 12:00 am, 6th May 1976

On Thursday last week the hon. Member for Blaby (Mr. Lawson) sought leave, under Standing Order No. 9, to move the Adjournment of the House to discuss the decision of the Committee of Selection. In rejecting the hon. Member's application I said: It is a very dangerous thing to try to involve the Chair in party arguments on major issues of this sort when the House has been discussing its own decision this afternoon."—[Official Report, 29th April 1976; Vol. 910, c. 578.] The House was very excited, and so was I

I have reflected on what I said on that occasion. I want to make it quite clear that the hon. Member for Blaby was acting entirely within his rights under Standing Order No. 9 when he made his application.

Photo of Mr Nigel Lawson Mr Nigel Lawson , Blaby

I thank you, Mr. Speaker, for that ruling. I thank you not merely for myself, but on behalf of the whole House.