Early-Day Motions

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th March 1977.

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Photo of Mr George Gardiner Mr George Gardiner , Reigate and Banstead 12:00 am, 16th March 1977

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. It will have come to your notice that, due to the action of my hon. Friend the Member for Macclesfield (Mr. Winterton) in tabling a whole series of amendments to Early-Day Motions, hon. Members had the benefit this morning of having reprinted the texts of all the Early-Day Motions. This is of great service to us. Indeed, it has proved to be so popular that I am now unable to obtain from the Vote Office a copy of the paper containing all these Early-Day Motions and the amendments thereto.

May I ask, Mr. Speaker, whether it is possible for you to issue instructions that a reprint be made so that hon. Members may have the benefit of the action undertaken by my hon. Friend and, secondly, whether anything can be done to end this ridiculous practice the result of which is that we cannot read the text of our Early-Day Motions?