Ravenscraig Steelworks

– in the House of Commons at 3:32 pm on 12th July 1988.

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Photo of John Reid John Reid , Motherwell North 3:32 pm, 12th July 1988

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker, arising out of the Prime Minister's answer about the Ravenscraig Steelworks.

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

Order. A point of order must be for me and cannot arise from a question to the Prime Minister.

Photo of John Reid John Reid , Motherwell North

A few days ago the chairman of the British Steel Corporation made a statement that he had advised the Government about the probable closure of the Ravenscraig hot strip mill. Is it in order to raise at this point the fact that the answer given by the Prime Minister today suggests——

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

Order. It is not in order to raise it, because that would be an extension of Prime Minister's Question Time. It is not a matter for me. It is an Opposition Day, and a great many Opposition Members wish to speak.

Photo of Dennis Skinner Dennis Skinner Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee, Party Chair, Labour Party

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. In order to clarify the matter, and to ensure that we know exactly what is the situation in respect of Ravenscraig, will you, in your capacity as Speaker, tell the House whether you have received a request from any Minister for permission to inform the House of the up-to-date situation? If no such request has been made, will you convey to the Government our request that a statement be made to clear up the matter?

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

That is not a point of order. I have received no request for a statement. The hon. Gentleman has made his point.