Points of Order

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:58 pm on 13th July 1989.

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Photo of Mr Bob Cryer Mr Bob Cryer , Bradford South 4:58 pm, 13th July 1989

I am grateful for the opportunity to raise a point of order—not because I was not called, but because several other hon. Members were not.

I suggest that you, Mr. Speaker, suggest to the Government when they approach you about statements that they should organise them on days other than Thursday. Of course, sometimes we want statements and the Government are rather parsimonious about making them, which makes us suspicious of their reasons for making two on a Thursday. As you know, every Thursday 50 or 60 hon. Members seek to catch you eye to raise matters of interest. I know that you realise that business questions are an important tradition and an opportunity to raise a matter on the Floor of the House, so I hope that you will bear that in mind when the Government apply to make a statement.