On a point of order, Mr. Speaker—one of a slightly less sensational kind but of very great interest to all hon. Members. In a written answer this week the Secretary of State for the Environment informed me that he would be announcing the rate support grant settlement today. We have had no statement in the House today. This is a matter of very great concern, and we have not had an opportunity of questioning the Secretary of State about it.
Further to the point of order raised by the hon. Member for Bromsgrove and Redditch (Mr. Miller), Mr. Speaker. Surely the function of this House in terms of approving the supply of funds to the Executive is very important. As the funds to be disbursed under the rate support grant may well be, although grossly inadequate, the largest single amount of money disbursed by the Government during the current financial year, is it not regrettable that the announcement will be made in a rather furtive manner? If it is to be made today, ought it not be made before the House rises this afternoon?