No. I am asking for your direction, Mr. Speaker, on a point of order. Is it within your ambit to accept or reject the motion that has been proposed, or is it for the House to decide? This issue has been well publicised in the past few days in the national newspapers. Have you taken into account, Mr. Speaker, that the emaciated dead or dying body of an IRA hunger striker is a more lethal weapon than an Armalite rifle in the arms of the men of violence?
By accepting the motion now, the House may be condemning hunger strikers and others to death.—[HON. MEMBERS: "This is not a point of order."] Have you taken that fact into account, Mr. Speaker? If the writ is moved, there will be an election in August. The House will not be sitting, so there will be no urgency for a voice to he heard on behalf of Fermanagh and South Tyrone. If the election takes place—
Order. The hon. Gentleman is coming to the end of his point of order. I hope that the House will be patient, because the hon. Gentleman is within his rights on a point of order.
This is not the first time that the right hon. Member for Down, South has tried to assume the role of Mr. Speaker.
Have you taken all the factors involved into account, Mr. Speaker? The election will take place in August and the newly elected Member of Parliament will not be able to take his seat. For several years, Members of Parliament who have represented that constituency have not taken their seats. By accepting the motion you are, in effect, saying—