Adjournment Debates

Petitions – in the House of Commons at 9:39 am on 17th February 1989.

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Photo of Mr Harry Barnes Mr Harry Barnes , North East Derbyshire 9:39 am, 17th February 1989

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I do not wish to delay the proceedings of the House, but I do not know whether you have had a chance to hear the tapes of last night's Adjournment debate and note the deliberate, organised disruption of that debate. Will you make a statement on Adjournment debates, so that they can be handled in the traditional way, and, if so, when?

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

I have no present intention of making a statement. I deprecate disruption of any kind, but it is particularly regrettable during the prized Adjournment debate, which is an opportunity for Back-Bench Members to raise matters of constituency interest.