National Heath Service (Improved Provision of Services)

National Health Service (Improved Provision of Services) – in the House of Commons at 4:29 pm on 16th December 1987.

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Mrs. Alice Mahon accordingly presented a Bill to require improved provision of services in all aspects of the National Health Service: And the same was read the First time; and ordered to be read a Second time upon Friday 15 January and to be printed. [Bill 72.]

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

We have a heavy day ahead of us. Is it a matter that I can genuinely answer?

Photo of Mr Andrew Bennett Mr Andrew Bennett , Denton and Reddish

Mr. Speaker, will you confirm to the House that on ten-minute Bills it is the normal practice that people listen in silence to the presentation of such a Bill and do not interrupt with points of order? It is particularly deplorable for Conservative Members to interrupt a ten-minute Bill, when the purpose of the Bill is quite clearly stated on the Order Paper. People often present Bills which are difficult to understand, but on this occasion it was specifically set out on the Order Paper. It is deplorable that hon. Members should interrupt a speech on a ten-minute Bill, which by tradition should not be interrupted.

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

I agree with what the hon. Gentleman has said, but he will have heard what I said to the hon. Member for Halifax (Mrs. Mahon)—that, in making an application to bring in a Bill, it is necessary to describe what the Bill contains. That is all I was seeking to elucidate from the hon. Lady.