Debates (Calling of Speakers)

– in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 13th January 1988.

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Photo of David Winnick David Winnick , Walsall North 3:31 pm, 13th January 1988

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Will you give guidance to the House in regard to the calling of speakers? On previous occasions when the matter was raised, you said that you would call a speaker from the Liberal Benches and from the SDP Benches, and on many occasions you treat them separately in debates. Can you give any guidance about what will happen under the new situation, whatever that may be? How will the group of the right hon. Member for Plymouth, Devonport (Dr. Owen), which is quite separate and refused to merge, be allocated time?

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

I cannot recollect that I have ever discussed or given guidance about how the occupant of the Chair calls hon. Members. It would by very unwise to do that.