Social Security

Part of Clause 21 – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th March 1977.

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Photo of Mr Patrick Jenkin Mr Patrick Jenkin , Redbridge Wanstead and Woodford 12:00 am, 24th March 1977

Further to the point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I hope that it will be possible for the question of the announcement on Monday to be drawn to the attention of the Leader of the House. It was known—it had been made known through the usual channels—that it was the Opposition's wish to take all the prayers together, because the whole lot are related to child benefit, when the FIS regulations were taken. We indicated that we wanted the debate on the Floor of the House, and not upstairs.

I hope that note will be taken that what has happened is very unhelpful for hon. Members. I was not in the House for the statement on Monday, but I assumed that all this would have been said. I and my colleagues who are principally concerned knew about the matter because we had made the request, but it is inconvenient for hon. Members not to know when many prayers are to be taken with the affirmative motion, so that they have time to prepare themselves to take part in the debate. It is important that this should not happen again.