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 Spencer Batiste Mr Spencer Batiste , Elmet 4:07 pm, 18th April 1990

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. You are constantly exhorted at Question Time to get through as many questions as possible. Today you managed to get through no less than 43 questions. Unfortunately, however, you did so only because 30 Labour Members who had important questions on the Order Paper did not turn up to ask their questions. Those of us who are interested in Trade and Industry questions seek your protection to allow us to raise important matters. I wonder whether consideration could be given in such circumstances to your looking through the long end of a telescope to see hon. Members who are not here in order that questions that are on the Order Paper are asked and brought before the House.