Abortion (Amendment) Bill

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th July 1979.

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Photo of Mr Clement Freud Mr Clement Freud , Isle of Ely 12:00 am, 6th July 1979

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Next Friday the Abortion (Amendment) Bill is due to come before the House. I have tried, and I am sure that other hon. Members have also tried, to have the Bill looked at. I understand from the Public Bill Office that the hon. Member has not yet submitted it. It is a contentious Bill and many of us would like to get advice from medical practitioners in our constituencies on how to vote. Can anything be done to expedite publication of the Bill? If so, the whole house would be grateful.

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

I am obliged to the hon. Member for Isle of Ely (Mr. Freud). That matter was raised yesterday during Business Questions, but it is not something on which I have any standing. It is for the hon. Member concerned. Perhaps the hon. Member for Isle of Ely will raise it with the hon. Member in charge of the Bill.

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Central Fife

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. Will you indicate what will happen, for example, if the Bill is not published between now and next Wednesday? That would put the House in an impossible position.

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

I realise the difficulties in which the House may be placed, but it is a matter for the hon. Member concerned.

Photo of Mr Norman St John-Stevas Mr Norman St John-Stevas , Chelmsford

Further to the point of order, Mr. Speaker. The hon. Member for Isle of Ely (Mr. Freud) has raised an important matter. I shall be in communication today with the hon. Member concerned to find out why there has been a delay and to expedite matters.