On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I seek your guidance about an exchange of correspondence to which some of today's newspapers refer. Apparently, there has been an exchange of correspondence between my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and the Leader of the Opposition. In his letter, my right hon. Friend calls upon the Leader of the Opposition to clarify how the next Labour Government would spend more than the present Government by actually spending less—
It is indeed a point of order for you, Mr. Speaker. It touches on your responsibility for the Library of the House, to which "Erskine May", on page 196 of the 21st edition, refers. I have been able to ascertain that the Chief Secretary's letter is in the Library. Can you, Sir, take steps to ensure that the response will be available in the Library within the next 24 hours?
The point of order is that the Secretary of State, in reply to the question, indicated that a member of the British Medical Association, who happens to be a doctor in the Isle of Wight, ought not to perform his functions as an elected member, but should stay in his surgery. It has always been a convention of this House—
Order. I am not responsible for questions that are asked or for answers that are given, provided that they are in order. So far as I am aware, these were in order.
On a genuine point of order, Mr. Speaker.I wonder if you have received a communication from a constituent of mine who is writing to you about a £364,000 city grant given to Barratt, the building company, to build homes in my constituency. My constituent wrote to you because of serious allegations that have arisen in recent days. On receipt of that communication, would you allow time for an inquiry into those allegations about the misuse of public funds?
I have to say that I have not received that letter, although I receive a wide range of letters from members of the general public. At first sight, I cannot see that it has much to do with me. However, when I receive the letter, I shall consider it carefully.