Adjournment Debates

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th November 1979.

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Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Central Fife 12:00 am, 19th November 1979

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. My point of order is not on the question that I raised last Friday but is closely related to what has just happened, and I seek your guidance. I understand that when there is a motion for debate on the Adjournment of the House we cannot discuss legislation. Can you give us an assurance that we shall be able to discuss the Protection of Official Information Bill in the debate on Wednesday?

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

The House will be aware that normally in an Adjournment debate we cannot ask for legislation. However, Standing Order No. 16 lays down that Notwithstanding the practice of the House which prohibits in a debate on a motion for the adjournment of the House any reference to matters requiring legislative remedy, Mr. Speaker may permit such incidental reference to legislative action as he may consider relevant to any matter of administration then under debate when enforcement of the prohibition would, in his opinion, unduly restrict the discussion of such matter.