Business of the House

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st March 1977.

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Photo of Mr Timothy Renton Mr Timothy Renton , Mid Sussex 12:00 am, 21st March 1977

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. If I may refer to your previous remarks, may I take it that you have some cognisance, which is denied to the rest of us, of what is in the motion? You said that when you saw the motion you would give your ruling whether it would be possible to raise matters other than defence. May we take it that you know more about the subject than we do?

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

What I said was quite clear. I said "when" I saw it. I do not know any more than the rest of the House on this matter.

Hon. Members:

Sit down.

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

If it is a genuine point of order, I shall hear it.

Photo of Mr Victor Goodhew Mr Victor Goodhew , St Albans

I hope you will agree that it is a genuine point of order, Mr. Speaker. The right hon. Gentleman the Leader of the House has given the impression that there will not be a motion before the House tomorrow. All we are trying to find out is whether, if there is not to be a motion before the House, you can or cannot guide us today or tomorrow.

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

If the Liberal Party does not mind, I shall fall back on a Liberal saying. We must wait and see.