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Points of Order

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:44 pm on 5th February 1986.

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Photo of Mr Joe Ashton Mr Joe Ashton , Bassetlaw 4:44 pm, 5th February 1986

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. The Minister opened the statement by saying "With permission". I understand that it is with your permission, Mr. Speaker, that Ministers make statements to the House. Today, we have a controversial Supply Day and the Government have deliberately chosen to eat into its time by making a statement on another controversial matter, which may knock British Leyland out of the headlines. When the Government do that deliberately as part of their news management, should you not refuse that permission, Mr. Speaker, and let them come another day?