Points of Order

– in the House of Commons at 3:37 pm on 28th November 1989.

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Photo of Mr Ronald Brown Mr Ronald Brown , Edinburgh Leith 3:37 pm, 28th November 1989

On a point of order Mr. Speaker. Will you explain why Mr. Paddy Meehan's book cannot he mentioned in this place? He has a point of view that should be heard, whether you or I agree with him, and he has expressed his view in print. He says that he was fitted up by the security forces. He has a lot to say, and one should bear in mind the fact that he received a free pardon some years ago—

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

Sit down, please. There is an important debate following this. Please let me deal with this matter.

When I call an hon. Gentleman to ask a question, I expect him to ask a question on his own account. The hon. Member was trying to draw attention to somebody else's comments in a book—[Interruption.] I gave the hon. Gentleman the opportunity to ask his own question. He must relate it to his own experience, even if he draws attention to something that he has read.

Photo of Mr Ronald Brown Mr Ronald Brown , Edinburgh Leith

It is very important—

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

I am sure that it is a very important book, and no doubt we should read it.

Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh , Gainsborough and Horncastle

May I ask your advice, Mr. Speaker? I see from page 161 of the Order Paper that there has been an amendment to the Queen's Speech in the name of the right hon. Member for Chesterfield (Mr. Benn). As that amendment seems to differ from that placed on the Order Paper by the Leader of the Opposition, and as it takes precedence on the Order Paper, will we have the opportunity to vote on it, because it is an important issue?

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

I have not announced my selection yet.