Points of Order

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:26 pm on 13th March 1990.

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Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East 4:26 pm, 13th March 1990

The hon. Gentleman has raised this matter before. I do not give reasons for my decisions on these matters. However, I want to point out again to the hon. Gentleman and to any others who are interested that I have to take into account the pressure on business later in the day. When we had the statement on the Harrods affair, there was an important debate which had to end at 10 pm and in which many hon. Members wanted to participate. Many of them have subsequently written to me regretting that they were not called. Today we have exempted business, which can go on until any hour. I therefore allowed the statement today to range, which seemed reasonable in view of the time available later.