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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th June 1988.

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Photo of Mr John Wakeham Mr John Wakeham , Colchester South and Maldon 12:00 am, 28th June 1988

I have some sympathy with the hon. Gentleman. I can think of better things to do with 15 minutes of my time every now and again. [Interruption.] To give the hon. Gentleman a serious answer, Prime Minister's Question Time is determined by the House, not by the Prime Minister. The Committee on Procedure has many times considered the way in which Prime Minister's Question Time is conducted. I know that my right hon. Friend would be willing to change the format if that is what the House wanted. I suspect that the present format is generally acceptable to most right hon. and hon. Members. If there is any criticism of it, it is of the quality of the questions that come from Opposition Members.