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 Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West 12:00 am, 16th March 1977

I had prepared a statement in case anybody raised this matter.

have seen the amendments which were put down yesterday by the hon. Member for Macclesfield (Mr. Winterton) to numerous Early-Day Motions. Although many of them are not of very great substance, none is of such extreme irregularity as would normally cause me to direct the withholding of a notice from the Order Paper.

I have, however, a duty to point out to the House that an exercise of this sort cannot be carried out without a great deal of labour and expense. Members will have observed that it was not possible for the whole of the blue Notice Paper to be included in the early Vote delivery today. The cost of last night's operation was £2,000. I leave it to hon. Members to decide whether these are the sort of burdens that help the House or whether they should be imposed on Her Majesty's Stationery Office, which serves us and the public well and patiently.