Points of Order

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th December 1984.

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Photo of Dennis Skinner Dennis Skinner Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 12:00 am, 6th December 1984

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. You will recall that yesterday I raised a matter with you about tabling a question to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of the money that will be coined by the Government from the sale of the record produced by Band Aid to assist the Ethiopian victims. You will recall that I pointed out that the Government should ensure that every single penny of value added tax raised on that record should go to Ethiopia. I submitted a question to the Table Office in accordance with your instructions yesterday. I have not yet seen it tabled. I am told that it has gone to you so that you can adjudicate upon the matter. It is important, when young people get together, free of charge, to provide a record and money, that the Government should ensure that they do not make a profit out of it.

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

Order. The hon. Gentleman is seeking to put a supplementary to a question that I have not yet seen. I was pleased to hear the record played to me just before lunch.

Photo of Mr John Wells Mr John Wells , Maidstone

Agricultural questions, both today and generally, run for some 40 minutes. One third of the food that you, Mr. Speaker, eat and that we all eat, is of horticultural origin. The only question today that had horticultural implications was question No. 5. I know that my hon. Friend the Member for Medway (Mrs. Fenner) replied at very great length. I know also that the hon. Member for Leyton (Mr. Cohen) read his question at very great length. Despite these two long interventions, is it not unfortunate that you did not see fit to call some hon. Members to raise horticultural questions?

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

Order. If the hon. Member looks at the Order Paper he will see that nearly all the questions up to question No. 18 came from his side of the House. I have an obligation to balance the interests of both sides of the House. I am very sorry that I was unable to call the hon. Member on that particular question.