Points of Order

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th July 1988.

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Photo of Mr Brian Wilson Mr Brian Wilson , Cunninghame North 12:00 am, 4th July 1988

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. In view of the Prime Minister's extraordinary comments last night about the shooting down of the Iranian air liner, in advance of detailed evidence or inquiry, would it be in order to ask that the right hon. Lady makes a statement to the House on the implications of her words for Britain? Once again, in the court of international opinion, Britain is seen as an uncritical admirer of every American action——

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

Order. Whether the Prime Minister makes a statement to the House is not a matter for me.

Photo of Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tam Dalyell , Linlithgow

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. It may have been brought to your attention, as Mr. Deputy Speaker promised, that there was some question about the length of certain speeches during the foreign affairs debate on Thursday. It is fair to say that there was a feeling on both sides of the House that the fact that, in one of those rare debates, four Front-Bench speeches took 125 minutes should merit the consideration of the Chair and the Leader of the House. Have you had time to reflect on what happened? Many hon. Members were unable to speak in that debate.

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

I have the greatest sympathy, because I know that many Back Benchers wanted to take part in that debate. I well remember, in days not very long ago, when very effective speeches were made from the Front Bench in less than 20 minutes. I think that it would be a good idea if we could return to those days. Speeches should certainly not last more than 30 minutes.

The Clerk will now proceed to read the Orders of the Day.

Photo of Mr Allan Roberts Mr Allan Roberts , Bootle

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Did you not receive my request, in writing, to move the Adjournment of the House, under Standing Order No. 20, which was submitted to your office this morning?

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

I regret that I have not seen any request.

Photo of Mr Allan Roberts Mr Allan Roberts , Bootle

It was certainly submitted to your office this morning.

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

I shall look into the matter, but I regret I cannot do anything about it now.