Points of Order

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:07 pm on 18th April 1990.

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Photo of Mr Dave Nellist Mr Dave Nellist , Coventry South East 4:07 pm, 18th April 1990

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I ask you to reflect on two points that arise from the statement made by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. First, while you are right in saying that you have no responsibility for the content of the answers given by the Secretary of State, if the phrase "I have nothing to add" goes unchallenged, through you and the Table Office, it becomes a blocking motion whereby further written questions may not be tabled.

The second and shorter point that I ask you to consider, Mr. Speaker, is that only five hon. Members were still standing at the end of the statement and many of us were also seeking to rise at the end of the statement about the murder of the Observer journalist when, again, we were not called. Like myself, other hon. Members may wish to raise constituency interests and perhaps you could bear that in mind the next time—